1. Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012

    While Chanel’s fall haute couture collection boasts influences from La Belle Époque, tea room paintings, Art Noveau and the glamorous 1940’s of madame coco, all we can see is the late 1990s.  As middle schoolers, we were ever obsessed with the latter half of the pop scene.  Influenced by brittany and the spice girls, as well as the positive girl culture of the time, puffy, pink and sparkly were definitely not foreign.  We can remember class and girls wearing snoods over their buns with princess sequined slacks and cropped matching shirts.  

    While the styles range from baby one more time couture to 40’s starlit supreme, the attitudes of the eras are all too similar.  Le Belle Époque,or beautiful era- about 1890 to 1914, was, like the 1990’s and generation X, on the verge of a new century of technologies, fashion, art, politics and gender and social roles! What we love so much about this Chanel Collection is that it transcends decade into a dreamy girly techno vibe with a strong technical and craft voice.   Thousands of hours of hand embroidery and detail went into the construction of foggy colored plaids, silver threaded suits and rainbow printed holographic houndstooth. The merging of cutting edge textile approaches and light hearted influxes as well as historical keeps fashion fresh and relevent.

    -holly

     
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