This season for Haute Couture, Karl Lagerfeld flexed Chanel's formidable atelier muscle and showcased its couture prowess for all the world to see, exhibiting true artistic craftsmanship with painstakingly intricate masterpiece of a collection. 10 million beads were used in total to create this collection and during the show, legendary Monsieur Lesage, the owner of French embroidery house Maison Lesage, was said to be in tears after witnessing what his house achieved for Lagerfeld's Chanel. It was a truely awe-inspiring, yet understated spectacle. All the looks were fancy but not fussy; worn with denim jeans, free flowing chiffon belts, ballet flats and leggings. The air of nonchalance of the designs made each look very casual and elegant, which presented innumerable possibilities for these masterpieces to be integrated into everyday wardrobe (of extremely wealthy ladies. Mais, bien sur). Karl Lagerfeld took his inspirations from 'the colours of Paris' as he likes to describe and the artist Marie Laurencin, who, with Coco Chanel, was designing costumes for ballet when she painted rather sweet and romantic portrait of Chanel which Chanel hated for its softness in colour and texture. This particular portrait of Coco Chanel inspired to create designs that seemed to be illuminating. The lightness of the looks subtly evoked elegant and weightless movements of a ballerina when the ballet flats and some tutu-like skirts in tulle and chiffon as well as the leggings seemed to be directly referencing the influence of ballet,which is enjoying its moment. I felt like looking at a heavenly parade of ballet-dancing fairytale princesses (one particular look, which was beaded cat suit worn with flowy frayed chiffon top seemed to be made to be dance in). This was everything you would expect from Chanel; elegant, romantic, youthful and beautiful.
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You have to see it to believe it, before you click on the images, be ready to be mind blown and awe-inspired!!