Paris Fashion Week: Chanel's high-class barn-raising
It was a Chanel show tailor-made for the fashiontainment era -- with a Hollywood-worthy set, celebrity guests (Prince!) and a surprise musical performance by Lily Allen that sent camera phones and tweets into overdrive.
In neutral shades of cream, oatmeal, black and white, the clothes had a homespun feel, with lots of lacey layers, crochets and eyelets. The classic Chanel jacket was reworked in a number of ways -- in cream boucle with short puffed-sleeves fluttering with downy white feathers, or white ribbed knit with gold button trim. Skirts were A-line, above the knee and slit up either side, or softly bell-shaped in checked tweeds or crochet knits with flower details.
For evening, spring's sheer trend took a charmingly girlish turn, with short dresses wrapped in layers of tulle, embroidered with raffia designs or confetti-like sparkles. Other dresses draped in streamers of red, white and blue flowers-and-stripes print chiffon were as charming as homemade decorations at a small town Fourth of July parade. Chanel clogs, flower hair ornaments, raffia messenger bags and straw baskets rounded out the dynamite collection. But the real must-have accessory on the Chanel spring runway was a smile; the models were having so much fun it was infectious. And isn't that what fashion is all about?
Top photo: Lily Allen performs at Chanel's Spring-Summer 2010 runway; Bottom photo: A model on the runway at Chanel's Spring-Summer 2010 show. Both credit: Peter Stigter & Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times