Chanel Fall 2007 Couture
"I had a dream of everything in profile," said Karl Lagerfeld, sitting in his Chanel couture studio on the top floor of the famous French house's rue Cambon headquarters. "It's the most becoming proportion, the tight high bodice and a floating back." (Time Magazine)
"I thought that the profile was a neglected area - so I made it graphic, flattering and optical," Lagerfeld said to describe his concept. But that did not begin to explain the exquisite detail of delicate bows or wispy feathers sprouting from shoulder and arm or, in an utterly couture creation, a flow of material twisting down the side." (Suzy Menkes-IHT)
There are always moments in a Chanel show that will leave you with a puzzled brow and a slight headache. Later you read the glowing reports from various blogs and style.com and you wonder...what am I not getting?
How is everyone seeing the genius when all I can see is the Sheila E Glamorous Life video and The NeverEnding Story?
I am a huge fan of Chanel and for one brief moment I was a fan of Mr Lagerfeld.
Something happened along the way.
The collections changed and Karl started to explore ideas and thoughts that were just not pretty.
I admire and appreciate the non-pretty but his visions were always jarring and confusing. I tried to appreciate the rebellion and art of the collections but all I do is wait impatiently for the Galliano or Lacroix showings. I do not know if that makes me less of an intellectual when it comes to fashion. I like to think I am open to designers pounding out ideas and political statements on the runway.
Let me know what you thought of the Chanel collection in the comments.
Credits: Style.com (my favorite shots from the show)