Chanel Spring Couture ’11
Today I thought what I normally think at least once a day, why does Karl Lagerfeld’s collar on his shirts look like it is there to keep his head attached to his body? This evening, I didn’t get the answer but I am so very glad that his collar has kept him attached this long so that we could all see the pure, haute beauty that was Chanel’s Spring 2011 couture collection.
It is not very often that I see a collection in its entirety and want to own it all and wear it all immediately, at the same time, and never take it off. My heart is still fluttering from the show. This collection had all the exquisiteness of what one expects from Chanel. It captured the classic designs of Coco herself.
I adored the skinny pants that accompanied many of the looks. This detail gave Chanel an edge that turned the classic looks into a rock n roll tea party. Garments and looks that you could wear to a family dinner and then out for cocktails with your people.
It is rare to see clothes that look sexy in every good and tasteful way possible, yet appear illuminated and have a level of just-right modesty that leaves a woman feeling classy and white hot all that same time.
The amount of fabric on some garments seemed large but the choice of light fabric for long skirts and airy shirts was dazzling. The looks weren’t heavy and matronly but lighter than air and youthful. The last look of the show displays just these elements. The bottom of the skirt is a dream. The billowing skirt and the feathery detail at the bottom mimicked a winter wonderland that I want to live in. The delicate, intricacy of the shirt and the detached sleeves added to the oddity and loveliness of the look. It was unique and classic at the same time.
This use of pastel pinks, and whites, with splashes of black gave this collection just enough diversity.
This collection is a rarity. It is timeless. It is perfection. It has taken my breath away and I am still waiting to catch it again, here is hoping I never do.