10 July 2007

don't rain on my parade

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Chanel's Fall-Winter 2007/8 Haute Couture show was pelted by rain at the Orangerie at Saint-Cloud on the outskirts of Paris.

As expected, the rain failed to dampen everyone's spirits as Sasha Pivovarova trotted across the pebbled ground. The show did push through but it went on an unexpected direction for a coherent fashion house like Chanel.

Spring 2007 couture has a refined flightiness. Fall 2006 couture has a mod-cum-twill vibe. Fall 2007 RTW is a crisp concoction of Bakelite and crimped hair. Spring 2007 RTW is the ultimate summer collection. Even Resort 2008 has a personality.

The tweed separates just seemed too stuffy and dated.

The leather leggings echo Fall 2006 couture, except the latter had denim.

The hair accessories are similar to Spring 2007 couture, but the placement moved from the back of the head to above the ears.

The dress in look 31 on Diana Moldovan looks like a reworked version of what Carmen Kass wore in the SS07 show.

Looks 52 and 53 are very similar to the silver dress Snejana wore down the Proenza Schouler FW06 runway.

Look 54 with the beautiful Inguna wearing a frothy frock looks like something straight out of the Spring 2007 couture show.

Remember the "poodle" detail on Rinko Kinkuchi's Golden Globes dress? The oversize, full bloom version is seen on Irina in look 57.

Oy vey.

The casting, although full of new girls, is unconvincingly fresh. I would've much rather preferred la marieƩ to be the tried and tested veteran Raquel Zimmermann or an ironic neophyte like Irina Kulikova. Suvi Koponen? Not really.

Kaiser Karl should've built his collection around feathers and birds. That would've been a nice change for Chanel.

Oh well. I loved all the pieces above anyway.

Photo credit Chanel

Posted by ilovesecondhandsmoke @ 10:25 PM