It is almost as if Karl Lagerfeld engineered the political upheaval in France in anticipation of his Chanel 2013 Cruise collection.
Lagerfeld eloquently describes it as “Versailles in a Socialist France”. The collection is an incredible hybrid of old and new, feminine and masculine and couture and ghetto bling.
There was an undercurrent of a modern day Marie Antoinette evident in the bottom heavy silhouettes reminiscent of the formal gowns of the period mixing up classic eighteenth century elements like panniers in new age fabrics and risque cuts.
Creepers gave a masculine edge to relaxed resort wear matched wide legged pants and classically tailored blazers. Opulent lace, gold gilt jackets, and ruffles were given edge with tech denims, plastics and intricate prints. There is something about the collection that truly captures the quintessential Parisian girl, lovely sun hats, delicate lace and that extra je ne sais pas that Lagerfeld has the foresight and intelligence into every collection he produces.
Set against one of the famous beautiful fountains for which Versailles is famous for, the pure opulence of the collection is in stark contrast to the bleak climate that most of the world is experiencing- but rather than seeming out of touch and idealistic, Lagerfeld projects a welcome world of fantasy and escapism that transports us far away.