Doesn’t it feel like yesterday that I was sharing the Chanel Resort 2015 Collection?! Well it is once again time to ogle Karl Lagerfeld’s designs for the iconic house, this time with the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection. And what better place to draw inspiration than from Modern architect Le Corbusier? Lagerfeld allowed Le Corbusier’s designs to influence him at every level – from the architectural shape of his pieces to the inclusion of concrete as a design material (yes- you read that correctly!). Even the setting was created to replicate the architect’s personal home!
Another interesting element of the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection was the use of shorts. In many looks narrow Bermuda length shorts peak out beneath dresses and coats appearing in a variety of fabrics including Chanel’s signature tweed! I found this to be an unexpected element that added a bit of whimsy to the collection as a whole.
The structural, architectural elements were evident in large silhouettes that were equally reminiscent of Modern furnishings. From dramatic shoulders to exaggerated hips, Lagerfeld’s love of proportion play was on display. Also worth noting is Lagerfeld fearless tradition from the wildly ornate to the more simplistic pieces, all of which seemed to represent the Chanel of today as well as that of yesterday…
I think also of note are the sandals seen throughout the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection. Like the Chanel Couture Spring 2014 sneakers, there is something very accessible about flat sandals. However they include just enough ornamentation to elevate them to Chanel Couture status. I know I would mind owning a pair!
What do you think of the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection? Are there any style lessons that you’ll be applying to your own wardrobe?
Images via Style.com / Kim Weston Arnold & Yannis Vlamos / InDigitalImages.com