Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2011-2012 collection of ready-to-wear took to the stage in a poetic autumn fog set against a painted backdrop evoking an imaginary forest full of mystery.
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“I wanted to recreate in the Grand Palais this atmosphere of a misty park like last season’s French garden, pills ” explained Karl Lagerfeld.
Androgynous, it is a perfect cross between masculine and feminine, imposing a new attitude.
The legendary Chanel jacket, beaded and embroidered, fused with a man’s jacket of tuxedo lapels, on a sporty reefer, hybrid and ambiguous, or worn under a tweed or knit cape of contrasting colors. Trellis effect tops change the tone, with sparkling and quilted versions. Off-beat over-alls are dressed up with embroidered lace, while masculine pants are worn rolled up, revealing a bare ankle.
Masculine shoes with socks, worn loose, contrast with fine and gracious, pointed-toe pumps in crepe de chine and little elegant heels, between mat and shiny.
Jewelery: cuff bracelets, necklaces and brooches of an Art Deco style, evoking light and nature.
Handbags in glazed, weathered calf-skin, seduce with their constructivist clasps in silver or antique-gold metal, their linear quilting, and their graphic top-stitching