Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chanel pre-fall 2016 Métiers d’Art Collection



Or maybe we should begin with the little-known fact that Coco Chanel designed for the incredible, classy ’50s actresses Jeanne Moreau, Anouk Aimée, Monica Vitti, and Romy Schneider, all of whom starred in Italian movies by Visconti and Pasolini wearing her clothes. These threads, elusively woven together like the silvery strands glinting in the tweeds and embroideries today, were the connecting idea behind the whole collection.  
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This from a  so called fashion critic who needs a history lesson since lumping all those actresses into 50s actresses is grossly inaccurate but aside from that…… this one needs to just speak to the topic of fashion and not tell a freakin fairy tale. It’s like STFU and do your job! And why on earth would you leave out Anna Magnani and Sophia Loren as reference points?? huh??
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There is no mistaking that the styling echoes the Italian screen stars of the past and the best part is that it works so well. The models look a bit slutty which was emblematic of the times and even the clothes look a bit... shall we say... Obvious at times but IT WORKS! Don’t think that there isn’t a goodly amount of chic amongst those who have that just laid look.
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As I have said a thousand times when it comes to Chanel, there is so much tossed at you that there is no reason to critique the collections anymore. There are so so Chanel pieces, there are the over the top pieces, there are clunkers that hit as hard as an elephant falling off a ladder but all in all it always comes back to the fact that Karl gives his clients something to lust for every season.

 
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People can say he is just going through the motions but with this collection, he flexes those Chanel muscles and shows the world what it takes to be a world class “creative director” or designer or styliste! Karl gives you shoes, handbags, jewelry, hose and just about every Chanelism there is and that is why the brand is so wildly accepted, revered and successful. Karl is not only the so called creative director but he is a merchant and he is smart enough to surround himself with people who understand that you gotta sell clothes and not espouse your high minded bull because that aint gonna sell clothes ... and he doesn't piss and moan about how hard he works!
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The métiers collection brilliantly shows off the capabilities and wonders of the workrooms that can only be rivaled by the ateliers at Dior. This is a collection that is one step ... well, maybe a few steps ... short of haute couture but make no mistake this is a collection that comes with a heftier price tag than any of the other so called ready to wear collections. Bottom line… who cares …  fabulous speaks louder than blah blah blah and how refreshing  that Karl has not resorted to the me too of the so called modern fashion trend of spartan and minimal ... more is better at Chanel and as I have always said.. He laughs at them all!