Chanel went gothic at its Haute Couture Fashion Week show yesterday morning. Outspoken creative director Karl Lagerfeld held the show in the Grand Palais in Paris, which was transformed to look like an overgrown forest. His inspiration? A Midsummer Night's Dream.
But his greatest muse of sorts was something altogether less grand than Shakespeare, the simple woman's shoulder. Most of the pieces aimed to frame the shoulder in an unusual and flattering way, and to the most part did so very successfully.
Outfits were paired with impossible-looking boots in ivory and pale lavender, which snaked up to the thigh and boasted intricate lacework. Models had bird-like black lashes painted on their face and feathers precariously perched on their head.
While the excessive Victorian-like ruffles on key dresses, and the Seventies muumuu style of others were just too much for us, some of the pieces were actually red-carpet wearable and just plain stunning (you just need to see past the runway, couture-crazy styling). We predict someone like Diane Kruger will be in one of the lace or printed sequin creations before you can say tulle-tastic.
What do you think of Chanel's Spring Couture show? Lovely and aspirational? Or just plain frumpy and I'd-never-wear-that?