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Thursday, March 10, 2011

THE READY-TO-WEAR SHOW
BY ELISABETH QUIN

Picture Le Grand Palais transformed into a post-apocalyptic landscape looking like a life-size painting by Anselm Kiefer or a delirious vision by Michel Houellebecq during his Lanzarote period.

There was black sand strewn on the ground and a catwalk of raw boards. Skeletal trees, like shadows or dreams or memories, were painted all around the nave. Smoke swirled up from the floor. It was all very striking and disconcerting... and impressive, like the two giant boxes from which the fashion models were ejected, as ablaze shadow puppet as white as an anti-radiation suit.

There was nothing languid, romantic or sweet about the Fall-Winter 2011/12 Ready-to-Wear collection presented by Karl Lagerfeld. Not tender or reassuring. The mood that has electrified Chanel in the most singular way is more in the radical, grunge, anti-bourgeois vein.
The prevailing look was subversive. It takes a tough, hostile element from another world – that of the street, rock and night life – and transforms it into an insolent chic of a boy-girl on the warpath, a gorgeous very sexy guy. The elegance of the look simply invalidates any notion tied to classicism or the idea of women waddling and standing on stilts. These outfits will go home with women who know how to play off masculine versus feminine archetypes.

One hallmark of the collection was sturdy boots, like those used by American soldiers since 1944 and by military men of all stripes over the last fifty years. At Chanel, the boots were a brilliant final touch to almost every outfit, including a metallic silver mesh cape, a jacket of luminous hound's-tooth tweed worn over wool trousers, and an exciting combination consisting of an embroidered black micro-dress worn with a quilted jacket and dark grey leggings that vanish amid "ankle scarves!"

Another unlikely combo: superb tweed mini-boleros with fancy buttons worn over ultra-severe black jackets, anthracite-grey wool pants and heavy bronze-green shoes. And let's not forget the sumptuous teal blue jacket whose spangles lend a soupcon of casual luxury to a pair of Japanese-looking trousers, worn with a pair of evening combat boots to clash with the overall effect.

The idea is to break with style trends and take viewers by surprise... in other words, to maintain a permanent state of revolution. We were crazy about the other leitmotif of this collection: the jumpsuits looked ready to hit snowy slopes, country roads or city streets. Our favorite, worn by Caroline de Maigret, was black and spangled with sexy zippers at shoulders and neckline.
Never has a Chanel Ready-to-Wear collection contained so many references to the working world and to the street. We also liked the knits and the two long, grungy-chic dresses in mottled grey with fancy buttons, very comfortable and reassuring, worn with the Chanel version of boots.

Small, round bags in black or white were worn on the back of the hand, like brass knuckles. Here and there, a bare ankle emerged, artlessly setting off wide-cut trousers with turned-up cuffs. The evening jumpsuits, with their lace and openwork motifs, were more sophisticated. Their design sets up tension between what is visible and what is left to the imagination, a fundamental rule in the art of seduction. The look that triumphs in this collection – definitively anti-bourgeois and diametrically opposed to "prim and proper" – is stunning for its personality, its rock 'n' roll attitude and its sex appeal.

Watch the full show on chanel.com

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SO-ME AT CHANEL-COLETTE
MARCH 9TH

From 4pm to 6pm, SO-ME will be customizing Chanel handbags at the Chanel-Colette ephemeral boutique, 336 – 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

SO-ME is a French graphic designer, music producer and film-maker. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Ed Banger Records.

In addition to costumizing T-shirts, SO-ME creates the visual identity of numerous electronic music artists.

His video clips for the group Justice have picked up prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MISSHAPES, CAROLINE DE MAIGRET AND JOANA PREISS AT CHANEL-COLETTE MARCH 9th

From 4pm to 7pm, Misshapes, Caroline de Maigret and Joana Preiss will dj at the Chanel-Colette ephemeral boutique, 336 – 340, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.

The DJ duo Misshapes is made up of Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol. Their “Misshapes” parties, first launched in the New York downtown scene, are now touring around the globe.

Caroline de Maigret is a French model. As the founder of her own music label, Bonus Tracks Records, she recently produced the soundtrack for Christopher Thompson's "Bus Palladium".

The actress Joana Preiss first studied classical music before switching to Cinema.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MAKING OF THE PRESS KIT

Fall-Winter 2011/12 Ready-to-Wear
Studio 7L, Paris

Photos: Olivier Saillant

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