Life&Style writer Esther Newman discusses this very modern phenomenon...Written by Esther Newman on 24th January 2015
Chanel Pre-Collection Spring/Summer 2013
Ah the pre-collections; they’re such a lovely antidote to the lethargy that the current in-between months cause, when we can only look forward to wearing that carefully curat...
The sumptuous gardens combined with golden embellishment, floating organza and 18th century- style tailoring to evoke the feel that somehow, somewhere, Marie Antoinette was watching over the proceedings with an approving eye, her little sheep trailing after her on a length of blue ribbon. However, these nods to baroque were immediately contrasted with the aforementioned brothel creepers, bleached denim and low slung cargo-esque trousers, which lent the collection a grungy air last seen on Courtney Love sometime in the 90s. You may have thought that the decade was having coverage enough with the street style trends such as brothel creepers, giant knits and tie-die; designers such as Altuzarra showing day wear that would put Sporty Spice to shame; and brands such as Calvin Klein rebooting the translucent slip dress, à la Kate Moss. However, now that Lagerfeld has illustrated Chanel's sartorial acceptance of the 90s revival, albeit translated through the 'frivolity of the 18th century updated in new materials and new proportions, it is certain that this micro-trend will soon be becoming a maxi-trend.
Happy grunging readers, you have Karl's blessing.