Chanel Spring/Summer 2010: Lagefeld Goes "Back to Nature"
The Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 made its runway debut today at the Paris prêt-à-porter, that's ready-to-wear for all you fashion fledglings out there, today, October 6, 2009. The Chanel designer and all-around boss, Karl Lagerfeld, painted a decidedly pastoral scene while retaining the iconic brand's ubiquitous genteel air sending top models down the provincially stylized runway complete with a Chanel logo monogrammed barn and rustic haystacks. Before the show backstage Lagerfeld stated, "back to nature" as he drew inspiration from Marie Antoinette's shepardess phase as well as his own childhood about which he said, "I spent part of my childhood on a farm."
Prince and Claudia Schiffer were in attendance of the show featuring airy, wheat and corn coloured cardigans, suits, skirts and dresses with pops of reds and okre hues.
Strutting to such tunes as Primal Scream’s “Get Your Rocks Off” and Klf’s "Justified and Ancient," models, including Lagerfeld's proclaimed muse Baptiste Giabiconi, donned flowered clogs or no shoes at all as accessories, or lack there of, to the parade of bucolic threads. Peppered throughout the show, Lagerfeld's latest darling and face of Chanel's luxury handbags, Lily Allen accompanied the music until she arose from the floor along with her band and led into the singer's latest single "Not Fair."
There were rural notes in the use of raw-edge linen for pretty pinafores and aprons edged with lace; wench-blouses in white lace, with elaborate, puffed sleeves worn with short, dirndl skirts; and crocheted dresses embroidered with meadow-flowers, and with matching straw and raffia bags. And there were gorgeous, party dresses too for when the country lass decides to get downtown.
Taffeta and lace dresses, in cream and black, featured a drop-waist, embellished with silk roses. Silver lace and gold, chain-stitched silk, full-skirted frocks, with flounced short sleeves, repeated the wench theme, and were accessorised with trailing tulle veils and stoles.
With his latest collection Lagerfeld solidified his position as possibly the truest example of a legitimate fashion savant. Claudia Schiffer validated this notion saying, “It’s his best show ever.”