Chanel is a well-established fashion brand known for its clean lines and structured designs. This season’s Ready-to-Wear Collection continues the tradition with a more playful energy. Designer Karl Lagerfeld explains that he took his inspiration from the fresh air he craved when he began sketching this line in the heat of Central Park. The result is what Vogue called a “cool, calm, confident” collection that is very modern. The Ready-to-Wear collection by Chanel makes full use of cropped jackets and boleros, A-line silhouettes, broad shoulders, big sleeves, column dresses, and geometric fabric designs.
A group of white sweater dresses with appliquéd vines and flowers is charming, and a series of sheer black tatter-trimmed pieces with rainbow-colored linings is indescribably exquisite. Also indescribable are the tweed suits and dresses in pastel and brown and everything between; other suits and dresses can readily be described as classic but they are somehow younger than one expects from Chanel. Truly, this collection exhibits a happy freedom. It is substantially black, white, and black and white, without being somber; even the soberest pieces have been given a youthful embellishment.