Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 Womens
“To me, this collection evokes Delphine Seyrig in Last year at Marienbad”, says Karl Lagerfeld, bearing in mind that Mademoiselle Chanel had dressed the actress chosen by French film-maker Alain Resnais.
Lightness is of the essence. Volumes glide on the body -supple, fluent, airy- in a range of black and white, and false blacks come with jade, citrine, coral, light pink or intense blue. The silhouette is defined by suit-dresses, wrap-around dresses, short suits or mini-shorts, and long dresses that caress the calf.
“The world changes, fabrics change, and I find it fascinating” the designer explains. Fake-tweeds come flecked, blurred or layered, and are free to show original contemporary elegance thanks to holes and edges that are cut straight or frayed. Tight jeans mingle with transparencies. Light and fluffy feathers can be found on hems, shoulders or cuffs, bringing a touch of grace to fake tweed. Lacquered feathers, cut into collars or imposing wing-like sleeves, contrast with tulle, muslin and mesh. For evenings, giant floral prints pervade muslin, chiffon, organza, satin and light cotton voile. Feet wear falsely compensated low-boots and sandals, while the profile is dynamized by conqueror thigh-boots and motorcycle boots.
Eighty four models pace this extraordinary garden up and down, coming across three feminine icons of CHANEL history: Inès de la Fressange, a symbol of the 80s, Stella Tennant for the 90s and Freja Beha Erichsen, a fetish model of our times. An elegant metaphor of CHANEL’s talent for dressing all women and transcending generations.