In the Chanel Spring 2014 collection, Lagerfeld seems to have merged together myriad ideas. This by no means makes it messy. The hair and makeup is consistent throughout along with the trademark tweed that Lagerfeld has never moved away from completely. The collection starts with pink. Pink, pink, pink everywhere. Was Karl Lagerfeld not the one who once famously- or infamously- proclaimed, 'think pink but don't wear it'? Has he changed his mind? Or was that saying merely wit for the sake of wit? All we know is that, here, we have pink in abundance. Pink has many connotations; girls, bubblegum, flowers, candyfloss, milkshake, ballet, lipstick. Basically, ALL THE FUN THINGS. Pink is often shamed as a silly, bimbo-esque colour but goddammit WHY??? Because it's associated with femininity which- as our society is still leaning to the patriarchal side (ugh)- is seen as a weakness. Let's clean this up now: pink is awesome and it seems even Kaiser Karl agrees now. That said, pink does not have to be a pretty, girly colour (see look 2 in the collection.) It be a kick-ass -feminist-punk colour. Go for darker shades, stick safety pins every and bitchface. Voila!
Some of the collection has quite a '60s vibe. A number of things could be responsible for this. Almost every Chanel collection owes its inspiration to the late '50s and early '60s because that is of course when the popularity of the classic Chanel tweed suit was at its highest. In this collection however there are more nuances owing themselves to the era of beautiful fashion and music. The white boots resemble go-go boots worn with bright, patterned shift dresses. Pastel colours are also something that I associate with the '60s. Some of the dresses are of a similar length to those at the time and they hang down loose in a quintessential 1960s way. Other looks in the collection seem to be inspired by the 1980s and our space-age perception of the future.
Despite this being a Spring collection, bundled up layering seems to be another trend on this catwalk. This is great news with colder weather fast approaching so taking inspiration from these looks can be put into action right away.
Lagerfeld really has made sure that there is something for every activity to fit into the Chanel wearer's lifestyle of brunches, gym sessions with your personal trainer, tea parties, clubbing, parties, lovely strolls around your acres of land...Obviously, many of these apply to the average wearer of cheaper clothing too. This is the sort of outfit that you could run through the woods in if the highly likely zombie apocalypse happens (like Mae Whitman suggests that you should always be dressed appropriately for.)
I feel as though this one is influenced by how I used to dress when I was 11. It's quite grungey but also a little punky. At least there are enough bags to carry everything you need!
Distanced from the punk aesthetic, we have a collation of pure, white dresses. The hair and makeup contrasts with the clean, beautiful look but that really only makes it more beautiful. White is like snow, daisies and pearls; all pretty and delicate. It needs hardening up with some dark eye makeup.
Look 68 seems to be the makeup artist or, at least, someone posing as the makeup artist. It is a fabulous idea to integrate into the show, seeing as the anime-esque makeup is essential to the concept- whatever that may be.
It's funny that I had never thought of wearing a cardigan over swimwear as a style statement. It looks gorgeous. It is nice to see a stereotypically summery outfit amongst the layering and not season specific clothing throughout the rest of the collection. Even the colour scheme screams summer.
The heart monitor style sweater could be disturbing and medical- if, like me, you find most medical things quite scary and disturbing. However, it is actually a very sweet idea; hearts and love and baby pink sweaters all considered. It is a very interesting take on romantic imagery. It may not take to the streets so easily (although it would be fabulous if it did) but it is another piece of proof that fashion IS art.
The paint palette theme is possibly the most common recurrence throughout the collection. The above look looks very much like an art student on their way to college. The pearl necklace could be headphones, the cross-body bag is practical, the sketchbook under the arm essential and oops the dress got paint all over it but it actually looks better than it did before. This outfit seems very contemporary and young; stretching further away from the tweed suits in abundance earlier on in the collection.
- Art students
- Paint pallette prints
(That's pretty much everything. It's a good job that we know that Karl Lagerfeld has never exhausted all his ideas because he covered quite a bit of ground in this collection.)
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