Here in Paris, Chanel is viewed with reverence, a national icon. A Chanel jacket or a bag will elicit a smile from the sternest of waiters and may well secure you a table in a fully booked Michelin star joint. Sad but true, appearances matter and clothing is an effective form of communication.
In my own wardrobe there are a few old pieces of Chanel (from the RTW line – short for ‘ready to wear’ or Prêt à porter as our chic French cousins like to say). They are treated with reverence and can testify to the quality and chic. I prefer the unbranded pieces and I like to mix with less expensive, (never sweat shop of course, one tries to retain some standards of quality) items of clothing.
The collection shown here is couture. Worth noting that only about 200 women world wide, are regular couture clients. The cost of an haute couture suit could be more than some people’s houses, however the style favoured at Chanel is a precursor of what may trickle down, into more affordable lines we can all wear. (BBC documentary here)
The latest Chanel couture collection is an absolute wonder and a sign of things to come. Divine fabrics and impeccable tailoring. The new silhouette is lean, with clinched waists. Line up for the gym everyone.
Check out this article from the guardian.
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