VIDEO: Chanel's subtle-chic winter

10 March 2009

As star-studded as it was, the Chanel show is about more than just a FROW of course. They are there, after all, to see the collection. As ever, Karl Lagerfeld didn't disappoint. As soon as the 'Love To Love You Baby' soundtrack melted out of the speakers, the audience was full in the Chanel zone. The models had to weave in and out of the geometric set, and were nearly all dressed in a black and white palette, with flashes of mint green and pink in great enamel rings, or brooches at the throat. There were nods to the paper crafted into flowers at the Couture collection as detachable collars and cuffs were made from paper decorated the boucle suits or little black dresses. But this wasn't a high octane Chanel show. This was a low key (well, comparably) show of super-chic, yet subdued and desirable pieces that perfectly fitted the mood – and that you will want to wear now. The theme was Stock shirts: those with high, pronounced necks and collars in lace and cotton or knits with a flourish of a bow or lots of crystal at the neck. Even ‘Karl's boys' were in on the act, as in between the models, men wandered around the catwalk in a gang chatting animatedly, dressed in high frilly Stock shirts and cashmere biker jackets. And, of course, there were the accessories (where Karl cheekily included the odd quirky gimmick or two). Their new 'It' bag come A/W might well be the cute, quilted, structured backpacks, while the funny plastic see through cases with a chain, contained a section for 2.55 bag, perfume and lipstick, will be the choice of the edgier fashion crowd. The sculptural shoes had a heel with a green ring splitting it in half. This was Chanel at it's chic best. No wonder Kate Moss couldn't resist singing along on the front row...

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Check out the key looks below and the front row action here.

- Siobhan Mallen  


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