The season that breathes life back into the world after the cold, dark days of winter. This is essentially how you could describe Chanel’s S/S 2011 Haute Couture Collection that debuted during Paris Fashion Week. It was a wondrous combo of classically structured Chanel and fresh feminine accents, enough to get any girl to dreaming of warmer weather days. Lagerfeld has done it again, presenting a whimsical mix of old and new that stands tall above the rest as far as next season’s womenswear goes.
I was particularly excited to see the fine detailing embedded within inventive outerwear cuts and embellishments–no ends were left undone. Whether it was an entire floor-length hand-beaded jacket, or a flowing silk skirt layered over slim pants, every piece was finished to perfection. I was also happy to see the girls sporting structured flats that appeared to be more comfortable than your favorite pair of slippers, yet still avant-garde enough to bear the name haute couture. I especially appreciate Karl’s affinity for modern beauty; he creates looks anyone could picture themselves in. Whether you are a girly-girl or you tend favor a more modern-chic look, you can take your pick of classic couture and look like an angel with any of the pieces from this collection.
On a final note, I always admire the casting for the Chanel shows, and this time around, I was proud to see American model Kristen McMenamy. It’s reassuring to see models from all walks of life on the catwalk. Kristen has modeled for Chanel before, but not many people know that in the 90’s, she made androgyny cool in the modeling world (and hails from our beloved state of Pennsylvania!).