Chanel is by far one of our favourite brands within the fashion world. Coco Chanel’s distinctive life has been captured on multiple film versions and has become the inspiration for many a designer who has dreamed of making it in the competitive industry. Founded in 1909 by Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, the fashion house has specialized in outstanding haute-couture, ready-to-wear clothing, luxury goods and stylish fashion accessories. Throughout the years, the brand has catered to women’s needs for elegance in dress, as well as blouses and suits, trousers and jewelry. This is where the “little black dress” concept was born and through which the Perfume N° 5 de Chanel came to life alongside the magnificence of the Chanel suit. Coco Chanel was instrumental in replacing the structured and constrictive over-designed clothing of the past centuries with something that was both functional and flattering to a woman’s figure. The Chanel brand revolutionized the fashion industry as a whole and there’s much that we owe to the vivacious young woman, who took matters into her own hands.
Now, we watch as the incredible fashion house zooms through the year and presents its collections about a year ahead of time. While most fashionisers are preparing for the spring/summer season, Chanel’s Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, have it all figured out and moved on to pre-fall 2015, as well as winter 2015-16 designs presenting the ultra-spectacular Chanel Metiers D’art pre-fall 2015 collection in Salzburg, Austria yesterday night. What we’re seeing is the typical Chanel haute couture in mind, with its focus on function and flattery. German lederhosen have inspired a new line of handbags with a drop-front fly transformed into a zip pouch meant to bring a flush to the cheeks when searching for that lipstick. It appears to be both a hilarious prank but quite logical at the same time. The Chanel jacket is also in, with its contrast-trim, four-pocket style reminiscent of lift operators from the Mittersill hotel. Now we get to see fetching newer version of the jacket, along with pretty and frothy blouses or sweaters to wear underneath.
For the Chanel pre-fall 2015 collection, we see a healthy balance of hyper-embellishment on more conservative chic, from ivory cardigans in boiled wool to edelweiss embroidered on suede leggings, ribbons and ruffled sleeves and rather dramatic coat styles made out of feathers that are reminiscent of Austrian aristocrats and their falconry practices. Heidi’s braids have turned into quirky earmuffs and cape-like jackets with gilded trimmings have added a dramatic effect. We see handsome flannel trousers with braided stripes and dresses with butterflies or feathers on pale blue chiffons.
The Chanel Métiers D’art pre-fall 2015 collection, clocking double-digit gains, represents the fastest-growing part of the Chanel business today, according to Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion.
There is a design that is a certain favourite of ours, complete with the creamy white Chanel jacket, the feathered turtle-neck, the bejewelled elegant but sizable necklace, the velvet leggings and the laced back and white boots. There’s just so much to love about this piece, with its comfortable but chic design truly inspiring aristocratic behaviour in the individual donning the outfit.
There’s something quite noble about the livery donned in the look, wherein we see gilded embroidery all around the royal red cape-like jacket that’s thrown over a matching dress that’s both captivating and sophisticated in design. Showing just the right amount of leg to draw the gaze, the very 19th century boots with gilded laces finish up the ensemble quite perfectly.
If we are talking Austro-Hungarian nobility, that button-down piece with its gilded braid designs and golden buttons, complete with high collar and an eastern-style cross as embellishment certainly take home the cake. Speaking of cake, the forest green of the jacket dress looks rather out of place against pastel pink shoes; then again, Chanel always adds a modern twist to its olden designs so this might just be the perfect match. We just need to get used to seeing the combination together.
There’s no other word that can describe the motion we feel when faced with the beauty of the next piece. It’s not over-the-top with golden embroidery, but a sportively dashing mix of black velvet, navy fabric and red accents along the edges, adding to the simple but captivating riding gear emulation of a modern runway outfit. Complete with leather laced up boots and a matching red handbag hanging off the model’s shoulder, we can certainly dream about being able to afford haute couture Chanel.
Of course, we have our more delicate lady-like designs as well that seem to have been inspired by folklore character Heidi or another such lovely little girl who wore pretty midi dresses with gorgeous rose embroideries, donned teal blue jackets, grabbed crimson red gloves for her hands, and of course had her hair in blonde braids that have been turned into modern earmuffs with a quirky design. Black lace-up leather boots and a paisley print dainty purse finish off the look with an air of innocent sophistication that can only be captured by Chanel.
What with the library background with all the dusty, musky books lined along the shelves, the next look is that of a proper businesswomen running the best library in town. She’s got class, turns up her nose in disdain at the thought of a digital selection and knows every last piece of classical literature like the back of her hand. She wears the loose fitting professional trousers, layers with a moss green suede jacket with lightly gilded edges, and wears her blouse in black with lighter coloured feathers curling away from the top of her neck. It’s a delightful look that is chic, sophisticated and probably a little Puritan in design.
The Chanel sweater dresses are actually quite dreamy unto themselves, with a creamy coloring and lacy embroidery all about, complete with slight frills at the sleeves, ribbons running down the chest (in this case two distinct black ribbons providing much needed contrast to the look) and double pockets. Black tights underneath the dress and gorgeous shiny black boots that reach to just under the knees create a look that’s positively stunning. This is probably one of our favourite ensembles out of the entire Chanel Metiers D’art pre-fall 2015 collection.
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