Karl Lagerfeld Makes Over the Chanel Suit For a New Generation
The same way the zigzag is reinterpreted at Missoni and bright prints at Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld gives us the tweed suit every season. There's no better way to pay homage to Gabrielle Chanel, but there was no better way to suggest he was moving forward than to style those suits with robot heads. Models made their way down the Spring Fashion Week runway at the Grand Palais, which Karl managed to turn into a data centre. Loose pastel wires lined the walls, highlighting the threads of the clothes. It was a pretty picture, and we're sure Lily-Rose Depp thought so too. These looks seemed to take a style note from Karl's new mini muse.
Almost every coordinate set included a baseball cap, turned to the side and worn with a low ponytail. Many jackets were balanced on one shoulder or two, or completely open to make way for key card-like pendant necklaces. Many will be excited about the return of the classic two-toned ballerina flat, but It girls will want to get their hands on the mesh block heels with double ankle straps, an added security measure. Finally, feminine types will be drawn to the breezy fit-and-flare dresses and technicolor blazers cinched over delicate lace underlays.
The accessories were perhaps most critical in this season's transformation: retro shades printed with rainbow coding, glowing bags that look just like the Lite Brite we played with as kids, and statement earrings reminiscent of keyboards or maybe USB drives (depending on what filter you 'gram them through). Karl is tweaking, but never changing, Chanel for his customer, specifically the young ladies he's dressing: Willow Smith, Lily-Rose, and Kristen Stewart. And while his runway staples Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were noticeably absent from the show, Karl didn't really need the extra social media buzz, not when he hooked up his own power lines.