It would be like ignoring the elephant in the room if I didn’t acknowledge the obvious: The Chanel Fall 2014 Collection was shows on a set that looked like a supermarket. Was this Karl Lagerfeld’s way of telling us the bar has been raised for how we dress even while performing the most mundane tasks? Or was it a comment on consumerism? Perhaps, Mr. Lagerfeld recognized the supermarket as the great equalizer- where ripped sweatpants are as appropriate as a tweed suit.
The sneakers we saw at January’s Chanel Couture Spring 2014 show, and which set off an immediate trend among the fashion set, were back in new variations including knee high options. Atop the sneakers Lagerfeld, continued his laidback (you know, if Lagerfeld or Chanel could ever be described as laidback) vibe with more pants options than I’ve ever seen on a Chanel runway (but then again, how often is a runway a supermarket aisle?!
Another element that continued from the Couture show were the extreme cinched waists, which created for exaggerated hourglass shape. Of course this was just one of many silhouettes that spanned from legging like pants with cropped fitted sweaters, to wide legged trousers paired with boxy jackets. In this supermarket there truly was something for everyone.
The Big Lesson: Casual Doesn’t Have To Be Thoughtless.
– Even a pair of sneakers can make a fashionable statement.
– Play with proportions. There is a place for both oversized and fitted alike.
– Adding even just a single tailored element can elevate an otherwise relaxed look.
– A statement accessory can make a look memorable and personal.
What do you think of the Chanel Fall 2014 Collection? What are your takeaways from the show?