I am laughing out loud. I just watched the Chanel Fall/Winter RTW 2014 show. It was set in a stylized supermarket. The models are supposed to be ‘us’ and how we really dress in our day to day lives. Did you ever think you would see tennis shoes, trainers, sneakers, whatever you want to call them become so chic? I know they are EVERYWHERE. I guess the point is, they are not going away, we must embrace them.
We have a return to the sweat suit/exercise ‘get ups’ of the late 1970s and 1980s with some yoga pant/leggings thrown in, ala 2014. Chanel to be sure, but still? I am sure that most of you have noticed Chanel’s attempt at ‘street style’ this year. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Karl Lagerfeld fan, a HUGE fan. But…..
This bad boy is $3400.00. Yes, you heard me $3400.00. Now, I am sure somewhere in the world there is some person that will pay that. Where I grew up you did this kind of decorating yourself. One of a kind. Real street style. It meant something, it could not be manufactured. I could tell you some fashion stories….but that’s another post.
Is Karl making fun of us or did he just give up and join the masses? Genius or ridiculous? Laughing all the way to the bank? Do you feel like he is trying to jump on the Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton band wagon which left the station a few years ago? My husband says it’s the ’emperor’s new clothes’.
According to Mr. Lagerfeld, “the whole thing is related to Pop Art”. In several articles he has alluded to Andy Warhol’s early appropriation of mass market commodities and packaging.”I think a little humor is needed,” said Mr. Lagerfeld, proudly noting that 500 different products had been repackaged and labeled for the fashion show. I especially like the very chic metal carrying baskets for your ‘groceries’. The invited guests and of course, the models became the customers. This fully stocked store was assembled in the Grand Palais, the very lovely glass domed exhibition hall in Paris where many a fashion show is held and where Chanel has shown many, many times.
The Grand Palais
The ‘shoppers’ were greeted with a pyramid of coconuts, first aid kits, chain saws, (we don’t have those in our local grocery store, maybe they do in Mr. Lagerfeld’s or maybe he has not been to the grocery for awhile) rubber gloves with gardenias attached and bottles of Eau de Chanel mineral waters. The collection’s press photos were presented in a giant Chanel matchbox. All extremely useful items.
Can you say clean up on aisle 5?
Now, I can see the art in the grocery store installation. It’s a beautiful, thought provoking display of consumer goods. I applaud the creativity.
Let’s talk about the clothes. At heart, this is how many of us dress during our normal day. We are clothed in leggings, loose pants, layered jackets, flat shoes, flat boots and yoga pants. Not so much the sweat suit, thank the heavens above. Granted most of us are probably not in Chanel work out gear with a Chanel tweed jacket but still….. Where is the inspiration in this? It’s just an interpretation of what’s been going on with real women in day to day life for a number of years. Should we embrace the practical uniform of daily life and just spiff it up a bit? Can we do better? Should we be insulted?
Cara Delevingne, fashion’s little darling kicked off the show in moth eaten leggings and a voluminous coat. Yes, the larger silhouette of the season is everywhere. Much padding and quilting, fabulous tweed fabrics, Chanel through and through. I got all of you the little belt to wear against your bare skin. You can thank me later.
I do like the metallic leggings and I admit, there IS a certain chicness to it all. Has it not been done before?
I read that the colors were pulled from the produce aisle – broccoli green, carrot orange, beet red and corn yellow. Wait, I’m not done. The black vinyl pants were intended to resemble trash bags and the calfskin leather purses were shrink wrapped in cardboard containers to resemble packages of meat. Jewels resembling a child’s edible necklace and bunched up scraps of material (like discarded candy wrappers) were used for embroideries.
“It’s Chanel beyond Chanel” exclaimed Mr. Lagerfeld!
Let them eat cake?
Tell me what you think. Genius? Ridiculous? Think outside the box!