Grazia at Chanel: what we loved

28 January 2009


Karl Lagerfeld's already been very vocal on his belief that we're living in a ‘new modesty'. He ushered the idea in yesterday at the Chanel Couture show – by showing an entirely monochromatic collection that, though exquisitely designed, conveyed a pared-down chic. Besides the collection, there was good news numbers-wise for these gloomy times: Chanel couture figures are up and 2,000 highly skilled jobs are safe. Here are our top six moments from the show...

1) The creamy colour palette. With an audience dressed almost entirely in black, it was like a breath of fresh air.

2) The incredible setting. Pillars and balconies were festooned with paper flowers that took 40 days to cut out.

3) Skinny pants under A-line tunics with cap sleeves and sharp shoulders: loving the Chanel couture silhouette!

4) That it was Keira Knightley's first show and she – who has seen many amazing things – admitted she was mesmerised by it.

5) The beautiful headdresses made from paper by Lagerfeld's new protégé, Kamo.

6) The utter absence of bling. The models could have walked off the runway into (almost) any real life situation and only turned heads because of how chic, not how outrageous, they looked.


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