Chanel Fall 2009 Couture
Style.com sets the stage:
The Chanel couture for Fall, shown in the Grand Palais on a stage set with giant white N° 5 bottles, had a comparatively toned-down atmosphere. Lagerfeld’s single conceit was a play on graphic proportion—suits and dresses with a longer flyaway panel in the back, all shown with lace tights and stiletto-heeled booties. As the show progressed, he offered up some remarkable looks: a “smoking” redingote with a ruffle-necked blouse; a crinolined dance dress; pretty, light chiffon dresses in nude or midnight blue with ruffled trains. The outstanding look, though, was the one where the panel device was the least evident: a superchic spiral-cut dark blue dress with an asymmetric “tail” lined in red. All the Chanel craftsmanship was there, of course, and impeccably achieved.
That’s all well and good for Style, but we remain disappointed.
But before we get to that, we simply must highlight this sentence:
“The Chanel couture for Fall, shown in the Grand Palais on a stage set with giant white N° 5 bottles, had a comparatively toned-down atmosphere.”
Oh fashion press. You never disappoint us with your silliness.
Anyway, why are we disappointed? Because there’s nothing interesting or exciting going on here. It’s all very expected; a costume designer’s version of Chanel. Sort of like the Dior couture show where everything looked undeniably Dior but nothing looked fresh or interesting. Pretty clothes, but boring too. What does it say when the Chanel resort collection was far more interesting than the couture collection?