Karl Lagerfeld presented the Spring 2009 Chanel ready-to-wear collection on Friday with the usual fanfare, bringing 31 Rue Cambon to the Grand Palais. The color palette was somber and classic chanel – black and white with some soft pastels thrown in for good measure. Far from boring, this allowed the pieces themselves to shine, which they did.
I loved the details in these designs. The Chanel two-tone tights returned for another walk down the runway, but this time they are all black and split between opaque on the top and sheer on the bottom, with the line falling a few inches below the knee. And there were lots of chains attached to brooches, either at waist level to mimic a very high-end wallet chain or higher for a more jewelry feel. There were also shoes with feathers covering the heels, not too unlike the maribu versions like those meant to go with lingerie.
Check out the celebrity attendees in a Catwalk Queen Gallery here, and CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO START THE RUNWAY GALLERY.
There were more painterly florals in Paris, but Christian Lacroix paired them with bold and unexpected details in a 80s-esque color palette. There seems to be a trend sweeping the runways where the details – bows, flounces and accents – are bigger than the dress they’re accenting and larger than life. The jury is out on whether or not the phenomenon distracts from the silhouette or is forging a new silhouette we’ll all embrace in a couple seasons. But Lacroix did it most prettily with feminine colors both jewel-toned and pastel. He really brought the details we love from his haute couture line and infused them into this ready-to-wear collection.
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[Images: Coutorture; Rex Features]
Catwalk Queen’s Gemma Cartwright writes…
Is Riccardo Tisci in cahoots with Christophe Decarnin? The edgy Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week had a lot in common with the headline grabbing Balmain show from earlier this week. It’s a far cry from Julien Macdonald’s romantic tenure at the label, and harks back more to what we saw from Alexander McQueen while he was at the helm. Sharp cuts, interesting textures and a ‘western bondage’ theme saw models in jewelled body-con dresses, skintight trousers, textured lemon and beige mini dresses and leather bondage tops. Click the image to view a gallery of the best bits!
Catwalk Queen’s Kimberley Foster writes:
Who is she kidding? After Valentino’s final show, we all knew that Natalia Vodianova’s semi-retirement from the catwalk wouldn’t last forever, but we didn’t realise it would be quite this soon. The Russian beauty opened the Balenciaga spring/summer ’09 show this week in Paris. Click here to see more photos from the show.
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