CHANEL AND GAULTIER COUTURE

Karl Lagerfeld showed a rather uneven collection for Chanel and I’m not just referring to the short in front, long at the back dresses and coats. They sound like the mullet of dresses with that description but are far prettier and more delicate I assure you.
Some were successful, such as the redingote that tapered down to a mere flap at the hem while others were not. An above the knee dress with layered multi-coloured appliqués that looked like sunflowers on acid was not such a hit. Another flop was a silver silk satin dress that mimicked a tunic with extensively beaded sleeves and hem. I would never question the skills of the house (watch Chanel Signe, it’s jaw-dropping) but when modeled by Vlada Roslyakova it just looked badly made, pulling and bunching around her thighs. Lagerfeld will no doubt power on, searching for the new as always. He recently said he would die in his boots when questioned about retirement and I believe him. It’s also been bandied about that Alber Elbaz will replace him when that day comes.

CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE AW 2009




Gaultier channeled old Hollywood for his Autumn/Winter haute couture collection. It received mixed reviews with some citing the theme as dated. It fit the couture bill of each piece being special and individual which made it a success in my opinion.

Two bodysuits looked more Lady Gaga than Barbarella which makes me wonder if Gaultier has a thing for the American popstar/fashion whore.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER COUTURE AW 2009


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