Monday, March 05, 2007

Chanel Fall/Winter 2007-08 Runway Show, Paris

Chanel and tweed are inseparable from each other. If not for the late Coco Chanel's love to the Scottish tweed, the world would not know Chanel for its signature tweed suit that is still sought after now.

Come German designer Karl Lagerfeld or better known to the fashion writers, editors and fans as the Kaiser, and the tweed suit which Chanel has been known for nearly a century, underwent a variety of evolution without stripping its authenticity.

Last Friday, chic Parisian and international fashionistas, dandies, media representatives from Asia, America and Europe, as well as Chanel buyers and officials gathered under the magnificent glass dome of Paris's Grand Palais for the staging of Chanel's Fall/Winter 2007-08 Ready-to-Wear collection. A total of 65 pieces ranging from separates, ensembles, dresses, outerwears and menswear were presented to the audience.

If a
few seasons back saw tweeds done in plain colors of either pastel, dark or light cololrs, this season, Lagerfeld turns what is the house's trademark asset into colorful checks of magenta interlaced with turquoise, white and red. Unlike most Parisian couturier that makes the most out of details on their collection, the Chanel pieces are minimal in terms of details making it easier to care and suitable to be worn at all times, hence the timeless image of the brand.

For women's ready-to-wear, the focus is always on the variety of tweed pieces. From separates to suits, jackets and pencil skirt with knee-length hemline in turquoise-black interlacing houndstooth pattern with matching boots and blue turtleneck agora sweater. Other captivating pieces for the season are sheer dress with floral appliquéd long sleeves and hem line worn with black leggings and another house trademark asset, the little black dresses in with draped shoulder lines, bows and flyaway trails.

For menswear, Lagerfeld has added a little fun and boyish factor to the collection. Working palette of gray and black dominates the male line with a little interesting detail added to one of the clothes displayed.

Black tweed jacket with patent leather multiple puffed sleeves a la the Middle Ages worn over cotton tee in gray with cute penguin imprint and denim pants, vest with gray penguin-imprinted hoodie and black trousers, to name a few were a part of the limited menswear collection created by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Some are even accessorized by scarves worn as belt around their waists.

The Fall/Winter 2007-08 ready-to-wear collection is expected to be in stores by late August to early October this year while the Spring/Summer 2007 collection is already in Chanel boutiques worldwide.

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Chanel - G37, Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

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