Karl is always Karl - he's going bigger than big, he's going history and he's going details. This Pre-Fall 2011 collection is inspired by the Byzantine world and André le Nôtre's Versailles gardens.
When the Pre-Fall collections, one by one is shown, Chanel is the one you always look forward to. It's true inspiration and it's like you are in heaven. Karl did not just great this time; he created a beautiful collection with a lot of detailing. I truly love this collection. It’s something unique, but still not avant-garde, costumey or just tacky.
Sure, there is a lot of going on, on the pieces, but still it’s cut beautifully and the detailing is impeccable. The craftsmanship in this collection is adorable. Like always when it comes to Karl. But of course, who else deserved Coco’s place if not Karl?
Opening his show with coats in black and navy blue with details in gold gives us that this collection is more than fall/winter, it’s about a strong woman. The color pallet is strong with navy blue and green, and then there is dark red, gold, black, white, the shapes are dominated by a masculine touch and then the hair is big and the make-up is light with an orange line over the eyes to mark the eyes a little bit.
Chanel is quite expensive, and personally I think that this collection looks more expensive than ever. It looks like the models are wearing clothes you can’t afford even if you are Bill Gates and for me that is a big sign of a successful collection
My favourite piece in this collection is the long black transparent coat with golden embroidery that Freja Beha Erichsen is wearing and the piece that close the shows.
I look forward of seeing Karl’s Fall/Winter 2011-2012 collection big time this season!