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September 2 2014

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#TBT: Tim Blanks Recalls Karl Lagerfeld’s Memorable Fall ’91 Show

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Chanel

When it comes to Chanel today, you probably think of Karl Lagerfeld’s spectacular shows—icebergs, art galleries, carousels, supermarkets, you name it—and of-the-moment models like Cara Delevingne. But the Chanel of 1991? A totally different ball game. Which is precisely why the Fall ’91 hip-hop-inspired show made such a lasting impact. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks recalls Lagerfeld’s ability to “capture the mood of a moment.” In 1991, it was all about hip-hop, so gold chains, fishnets, oversize denim jackets, and leather were the hallmarks of the collection. This really wasn’t your grandmother’s Chanel anymore. Brash as it was, Lagerfeld was making all the right moves. We think Coco would have been proud—she used jersey in her collections, after all, and was the original purveyor of high-low style. Watch the complete video here for your weekly dose of throwback fashion.

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