He is one most revered designers of all time and it seems that Karl Lagerfeld has done it again. The House of Chanel will retain the crown of elegant and classic vintage chic as Lagerfeld’s collection at the 2012 Paris Fashion Week proved to that Coco Chanel’s clothing style still has its place in this contemporary society. Her famous Coco Chanel No.5 perfume is still unbelievably popular.
So much has been written on Coco Chanel and her extremely eclectic and colourful background. Her talent took her to new heights and have kept her star shining brightly, even 41 years after her death. Lagerfeld, as head designer at Chanel, has continued Coco’s legacy of elegance and his latest offering on the catwalks of Paris blew Chanel fans away.
Former French First Lady Bernadette Chirac, at the age of 79 still made the time to get to the Chanel opening show, which is hugely anticipated at all Paris Couture Weeks, to see what genius Lagerfeld had pulled out of his hat this time. She was not in the least bit disappointed and called the show “French perfectionism.”
The new Chanel vintage collection was reminiscent of Chanel of old. It seemed that Lagerfeld went through the archives and revived the collections of the forties and fifties and with great success too. The wonderful tweed Chanel suits were brought back and the silk tweed short skirts were met with awe. Lagerfeld breathed new life into a thirties Bolero jacket design that was adorned with beautiful drawings of the interior of Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment. Karl went so far as to show the world and eclectic collection of contemporary metallics adorning vintage designs of tweed and silken tweed suits, skirts and jackets.
The artisans who went to work on this collection and assisted Lagerfeld worked themselves to the bone producing a designer collection worthy of only praise. Even though Chanel’s chic style is most simple Lagerfeld has consistently uncovered inspirational ways and means to keep women wanting more. His ability to take a brand that was started in 1909 and to keep breathing new life into it at each turn while still maintaining the fundamental classic style, is no mean feat. The house of Chanel clearly found their perfect designer in Karl Lagerfeld when they appointed him in 1983.
As the Paris Couture Week winds down, people are still talking about Chanel’s production. Alexa Chunga, Anna Wintour and Milla Jovovich were among the front row audience and they came away claiming the New Vintage Collection was ‘pure perfection.’ We cannot disagree. Not in the least.
About The Author: Vida Denning is a freelance writer with a weakness for womens trench coats and Paris fashion week.