It’s already known that Karl Lagerfeld is a genius. For those who don’t know he is the designer for Chanel. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection is literally a Chanel heaven. This is a great fashion show production execution. The runway is immaculate. Going to a Chanel show isn’t just about looking at the clothes, it’s a performance. Chanel is known for that but I think this season was one of the best so far.
The theme this year focused on being under water. An aquatic wonderland. Gleaming white stingrays and sea horses adrift amongst coral branches and shell on a sandy sea bed. This is a very shocking and bright look. The models looks like magical deep sea angels with pearls scattered in their hair to sea urchin shells on the heels of their sandals.
From a production standpoint it’s amazing. No matter where you are sitting you have a great view. The models walk down multiple sections and cross each other to give everyone in the audience a view of the garment.
What makes Lagerfeld so great is that he stays true to Coco’s iconic styles. He enhances some of the house symbols buy using the pearls as buttons or belts. He worked with innovative fabrics to create the effect of light through water. He used airy waffle-textures organzas and iridescent synthetics, open weave tweeds and knits, and a platte of sea foam, shell pink and mother of pearl created an otherworldly effect. When the final evening dress appears, a giant oyster shell opens to reveal Florence Welch, from Florence and the Machine, and her haunting voice closes a spectacular show.
Photos taken from Google.