It was a wondrous mix of staple fabrics, original prints, and master craftsmanship that carried Chanel‘s S/S ’11 collection in Paris yesterday. The show started off with rough-edged separates reminiscent of the rock chic style that’s sure to be a major trend this winter. As models marched onto set, cuts and prints appeared as feminine as the first days of spring kissing the hard days of winter goodbye. I’m always amazed with the innovative design Chanel debuts in utilizing signature fabrics of wool, chiffon, and leather. Lately, every ready-to-wear collection by Chanel has been at the same time modestly tailored and classically styled. This particular collection for next spring is a little more spunky. Lagerfeld has again featured clean, flattering shapes, but has added in unique prints, unconventional arrangements, and models of different body types. I was excited to see Freja Beha Erichsen and Coco Rocha as much as I was to see plus-size beauty Crystal Renn and, Chanel’s first exclusive model, Ines De La Fressange. The show was an amazing homage to the past, present, and future of the Chanel house, employing models as diverse as the styles of the various pieces that completed collection. 

This spring and summer, you can expect to see trends that will satisfy everyone. Whether you are into rockin’ leather shorts, chiffon day dresses, or avant-garde gowns, you will be sure to find something to wear for any occasion. My personal favorites include the incorporation of feathers, leather, and lace which all tend to share an androgynous appeal while still keeping it sexy. I’m also loving the artful prints over layers of chiffon that are featured in a variety of pieces such as sheer dolman tops and classic ruffled day dresses. Another notable trait of collection is the fact that many of these pieces can easily be mixed and matched with virtually anything. A sign of a solid clothing line is when you can imagine yourself wearing one or more articles in various ways and with things you may already have in your wardrobe.

Even though fall has just begun, you can look forward to spring thanks to the collections that have just been exhibited in Paris this week. I know I will be waiting anxiously for the next showing of Lagerfeld’s genius designs, but this season’s collection will undoubtedly fix my addition on superbly crafted clothing bearing timelessly original details.


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