Five Important Lessons, As Taught by Chanel’s Resort Show in Dubai
If what they say is true and fashion is like a school, then it must also be fact that Karl Lagerfeld is its principal. Never has this seemed as salient and true as it did yesterday after the anterior debuted his 83-look Chanel collection for Resort 2015 in Dubai. Forget the breadth of the collection — which for many designers includes no more than, let’s say 30-45 looks and therefore speaks volumes to Lagerfeld’s a) creative direction, b) stamina, c) ability to prepare a sandwich – each clothed model came complete with a lesson, open for interpretation and discussion. But in the interest of brevity, we’ve condensed the prolific, manifold slivers of education to encompass five overarching points for which it is, frankly, our moral obligation to consume.
1. Wear a head moon. We’ve got to wear micro-head moons which should not be confused for headbands, chiefly because the latter do not maintain pendant-sized pavé moons that rest a few inches ahead the crown of your, your know, head.
Also of note: while there was no nod to Texas-sized hair when Chanel showed Pre-Fall in Dallas last December, there sure is a salute in that direction here with manes so wide, you’re left to wonder if Diana Ross has, in fact, had it right all along.
2. If you’re still thinking about socks and sandals, stop thinking and just do. While Spring may have been about the patent leather pump glued to an oatmeal-colored sock, resort is about exposed toes and lamé leg coverings.
3. Forget your harem pants and travel one step beyond harem pants. You see that ankle cinching. You see those disco ball metallics, they’re almost as unnecessary but deeply necessary as #4, which tributes unnecessary but deeply necessary pants.
Must you place a pair over your legs if you’re going to be wearing a long skirt or dress? No one is putting a gun to your head here, but after having seen what a white, cropped, embroidered pair or a complimenting, oversize gingham print number can do your larger look, it’s safe to say you at very least should.
And finally, lesson #5 is not so much a lesson as it is an observation in the direction of breathtaking embroidery. Good golly goose eggs, am I right? (Also of note is the Chanel-branded oil tank-as-handbag. Sometimes being hyper-literal is the only way to maintain a beautiful, unaffected and completely unassuming sense of naïveté.)
Thoughts for the audience welcome, encouraged, needed. Go!
Images via Vogue