Paris Fashion Week Spring 2010. Chanel: A Barnyard Fantasy

October 7, 2009 • Magazine

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Summary: When it comes to fashion, all the world's a stage, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, is its only player. No one produces a runway extravaganza like the production that is the Chanel show each year, and Spring 2010 is no exception. Transforming Paris' Grand Palais into a giant barn, Lagerfeld's models stomped through the hay like the chicest farmhands you ever did see, all to the tune of Lily Allen's live music – performed from a platform which rose up gloriously through a haystack, no less. Proving his indomitable genius, Karl's Chanel is an absolute sensation. Wooden clogs are paired with glorious, gilded tweeds; the most feminine of sheer blouses fitted exquisitely with high-waisted, A-line skirts. As Karl's collections always do, this one tells a fabulous story: moving from Chanel's iconic tweed creations to a punk-inspired version pairing a Chanel tweed version of a zip-up motorcycle jacket with distressed and embellished black skinny pants and layered chain belts. From there, Karl embraced the elegance that always closes a Chanel show, sending out looks tiered in sheer lace and ruffles, built from flowing fabrics in timeless black and white. Karl's ability to continually keep Chanel current and fashion-forward, always on trend, but without succumbing to the banality of mass-produced looks, is sensational. This collection, in its witty barnyard setting, is perfection – an absolute dream.

– Amanda Aldinger

Photos: WWD

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