October 06, 2009 Paris
Rendered in red or blue toile de Jouy, his blouses, high-waisted pants, peasant dresses, and coats had a country charm that ought to have put him in good company—Karl Lagerfeld himself went bucolic at Chanel. But there was a major disconnect between these clothes and the futuristic knits they were layered upon. Inspired by medical compression body stockings designed to enhance circulation, the unitards came in graphic color-blockings: red, white, and black, with large yellow arrows pointing at the bust or the nether regions. The metal back braces that accompanied some of the looks just added to the head-scratching effect.