Paris Fashion Week. Suzy Menkes Slams Chanel. Second City Style Fashion Blog

March 5, 2007 • Fashion Shows


I love it when a writer goes beyond the snooze of a summary and has the courage to share the real deal with her readers. IHT fashion reporter Suzy Menkes takes Chanel to task, "… uncharacteristically for a designer who never looks back, Lagerfeld made the clothes seem 1970s retro. In spite of the linear cuts, square prints and an eye-popping black and white graphic for a puffa coat, it was "Annie Hall" that came to mind, with the longer skirts, full sleeves and the Chanel brooches worn in clusters on jackets as in the one-time badge craze. Or maybe it was David Bowie intoning "The Jean Genie" on the soundtrack as many times as you saw the mix-and-match plaid patterns. Or even the menswear offerings, which include a penguin-patterned sweater."

But Menkes doesn’t just take him to task, she also attempts to try and track the movement in his collection. She writes, "He has left behind the short hemlines and young-at-all-costs silhouettes for something more covered up — done with all the finesse of a designer who can cut a coat long and slim and make those over-the-knee skirts look stylish, especially when an edge of sparkle peeked out from underneath. The evening wear was elegant, but also subdued, with a finale of a long black dress covered with a knitted cape."

I hope Lagerfield takes the time to read and review– her disappointment ought to indicate her overall love for the famous fabricator.

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–Joanne Molina for Second City Style

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