January 25, 2006

haute couture s/s 2006, part 2.

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karl lagerfeld outdid himself yet again and the glorious chanel presentation yesterday. starting out with signature suits: boleros with flanged backs, nipped waist boucle jackets, flippy a-line skirts with lace hems, pop-over tops with three-quarter length sleeves; then moving to dresses and gowns: short and strapless with organza overlays, scalloped chiffons, layers of ruffles, lace, and tulle, and of course, camelias…but all worn with short go-go boots in all types of configurations (patent leather, lace, etc.) that coco herself had owned. with avril lavigne, victoria beckham and mischa barton in the front row, lagerfeld ensured the future of haute couture (at least for chanel), was safe.

christian lacroix went back to 80s france for his couture show. the master of the pouf didn’t stray far from his m.o. of mismatched prints, masterful decoration, and bright colors: black lace mixed with blue satin mixed with a burgundy sequined waist and gold ornamented sandals. a gown in persimmon lace and a black lace bodice worn with a black victoriana jacket with cream detailing and tulle puff sleeves. or another gown in sky blue floral with torn chiffon and lace edges and ruffles, worn with a black beaded and lace matador jacket and jet beads. sounds like a 5-year-olds drawings, but to lacroix (and his couture clients like christina aguilera and ivana trump), it’s pure perfection.