If Karl Lagerfeld is determined that Madame Vionnet has a major impact on today's fashion I am supportive but determined in opinion he is today's Vionnet. I saw resort 2010 collection. Venice. True elegance and effortless in order to give very vivid vibe of woman from front page of old memoir. Venice is practical factor to be just right place to prove collection. Coco designed simple clothes and sometimes the reason was that simple in order to give a woman the comfort that takes to climb easier in and out of gondola. He really did bring us back to basis of Chanel; bell-bottom trousers, gold buttons, the blazer, stripes, tweed suit. Sailor boxy cardigan jacket with round neck really looks like Chanel is still alive and borrows it from her amorous Etienne Balsan. But we will wear it on trousers; with boyish wavy bobbed hair. Like real flappers of 20-ies.
Karl did add little of himself into collection: Embroided white chemise on black skirts made Queeny Van der Zande look like him. Shirt dresses are black and voluminous and Trench coat on Lara Stone is black, elegant and simple. He dressed Tatiana Patitz and Skye Stracke like sailor’s sweethearts. Swimsuit is made to dress Sunset Boulevard's femme fatale for pool party or indie girl to enjoy restless surfing season in double colored swimsuit with laces. Black and white Laced up peep-toe boots above the ankle and those up to ankle are wearing Coco's cachet but up to date and fabulous. He still pays attention to every detail whether is lace dress with or rich extravagant necklace or shoe. Cocktail dresses are lightly hugging models bodies looking like Mademoiselle herself came back to her suite at Ritz; fresh, vibrant and suntanned from le vacation.
Karl is only designer that can modernize Chanel’s vision and stay enough altruistic to respect the memory of Coco. By bringing collection for woman that thinks that there is time to work and time to love; And that leaves no other time. Mademoiselle would be proud. Once again; Bravo Karl.
photos courtesy of House of Chanel. See complete collection at style.com