Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CHANEL fall 2016 PFW



Is it a bowler? Is it pith? Is it a derby? WTF is going on here? Do you think the collection is hyper-accessorized? Is this some kind of joke? What do you make of this souk of a collection? … And those are only some of the questions that come to mind after viewing this dizzying collection.

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So, here goes... there is so much stuff going on here that it is almost inconceivable.. Maybe it is like a pot luck dinner and everyone brings something and it will all be served on the same table at the same time. The accessories are abundant... shoes, scarves, pearls, boots... Jewelry you name it’s here front and center. The mix of patterns is jarring and not in a good way BUT within this smorgasbord of fashion there are hands down winners and that is possibly what sets Karl and Chanel apart from the pack. He never loses sight of that fact that they have to sell some clothes. The bifurcated trenches, the pristine tiered white georgettes that have become a Chanel signature, yes suits and dresses and coats... they are all there but you need to keep your eye on the ball or else they get lost in this bloated presentation.

 
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There is no question that the collection is designed by committee and a case of let’s throw it all against the wall and see what sticks BUT as I have always said Karl is a cagey one. There is plenty there to feed the every hungry “Chanel Beast” who will always want the “newest the latest the greatest” from every collection and that is why the Kaiser will laugh at them all. There are treasures amongst the trash not quite in the same way as Ralph Lauren but what they both have in common is that both houses are well oiled machines that produce sales and lots of them season after season and decade after decade.

 
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Knowing Karl, I’m sure there is some blah blah blah to go with all this mondo bizarro but again, who cares because in the end it is about clothes and business not hype and inspirations. Yeah so Karl wins … AGAIN! BTW... Karl gives you a middle finger salute!!!