Chanel's Prowess, Fall 2010

A few days ago, Chanel showed its Fall 2010 Haute Couture collection at Paris.  Featuring a gigantic gold lion as the fashion show's centrepiece, Lagerfeld paid tribute to Chanel's late founder, who was born a Leo.  In contrast to their Spring 2010 Haute Couture collection, richer shades of red, brown and navy were used, creating an almost dignified air about the models.  Everything about this collection commanded attention, from the way Chanel's garments played with proportion to the confident way that their models mastered the unconventional runway.  Garments elongated the silhouettes of the models' bodies, creating the illusion of their towering over onlookers, even more-so as the runway's amphitheatre-like setup exaggerated the theatrics and audience's experience show.  Details invaded garments, from adding hand-made flowers to skirts to surrounding higher necklines with richer beaded embellishment.  Moreover, the transition from the more serious maroons and blacks of the collection through to even more intense golds and blues seemed to drawn upon the very valuable lapis lazuli pigments that were often used to paint the very upper echelons of society and even religious paintings themselves.  As the collection drew to a close with a strikingly blue ensemble, Chanel's regal chapter of the collection ended with one final reminder of its inspiration, being the Leo-born founder. 

March 24, 2014 by Miss V
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