22 January 2014

Chanel Haute Couture S/S 14 Street in Space

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Well, it was very white. And silvery. And space age. It was the antithesis of the Ready to Wear paintpoint explosion. Did it make it any less spectacular? Non. The shapes were sublime and emphasised the female form. The accessories were street, urban, Eighties. Silver bumbags, knee pads and elbow guards. Words coming into my head whilst watching it unfold - Holographic. Space Leisure. It was what you would wear to chill out in Space. At a funky space station party with KL DJing hundreds of miles above earth.

It was all about the winter whites, with flashes of silver and black thrown in for good measure. Controversially, the trainer appeared on the catwalk, in many different shades and styles. Miss/Mrs Delevigne was a bride in trainers with a little page boy holding her delectable train. KL knows how to stir it up. He is a master at looking at what's going on currently and infusing it into his shows. And right now a large percentage of the population like trainers. So he did trainers. Get over it. They were really pretty.

The stand out pieces for me were the dresses. Space like with exaggerated shoulders, nipped in waists and bucket skirts - sublime. Others with a cropped box scuba sweater and matching skirt, with a metallic mid-section were WOW. I especially fawned over the cropped jacket tweed suit (sleeves on or lopped off) and the transparent sparkly tweed/tulle. Feathers also took centre stage in some great examples of Couture at its best.

I absolutely adored the make up by the perenially talented Peter Phillips. Classic black eyeliner flick with silvery glitter on the lower lash line. It perfectly suited the collection - simple, effective, a new craze is born.

Still, despite all of the beauty, everyone will continue to talk about the trainers.

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