6 posts tagged "Chanel Haute Couture"
Maternitywear just got a whole lot chicer—and more expensive—thanks to Ashleigh Good, who closed this morning’s Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris during what appears to be her third trimester of pregnancy. While we’ve witnessed supermodels like Jourdan Dunn or Alessandra Ambrosio strut catwalks sporting visible baby bumps, it’s essentially unprecedented to send someone this far along down the runway. Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to break down industry barriers.
Undoubtedly, Good’s lap around the Grand Palais in a gilded white empire-neck gown was a celebration of female power, strength, and overall womanliness— not to mention a push for new body image acceptance. While some critics may question the moral implications of today’s finale by dismissing it is as exploitive or a controversy-seeking stunt, it was ultimately a mutual decision between Lagerfeld and Good, who has become a part of the Chanel family in recent years.
Good has walked in Chanel’s show the past nine seasons in a row (beginning with the brand’s 2013 Metiers d’Art spectacle in Scotland), so it was somewhat of a head-scratcher when she didn’t turn up in Dubai back in May. Lagerfeld has been instrumental in Good’s blast-off success, and regards the 22-year-old aristocratic beauty in the same light as Stella Tennant. In addition to lensing Good for multiple campaigns, Lagerfeld cast her to open four of his shows. She made the Spring ’13 Haute Couture collection a memorable one by appearing alongside Kati Nescher a lesbian bride. Outside of Chanel, the energetic Kiwi-by-way-of-Britain hasn’t skipped a beat, and has kept busy with editorial work. One thing’s for sure about Good’s future offspring: Hudson Kroenig just got a lot of competition.
In other Chanel news: Kendall Jenner made her Haute Couture debut on today’s runway. All in all, lots going on in Karl’s house.
Anyone who knows me knows that I get pretty excited about all things fashion, whether it’s a shoe, a bag, a dress, or beyond. (I am a market director, after all!) I’m always looking for the next item, the next trend, or simply what I must have. From here on out, I’ll be offering a regular rundown of what I’m crazy about, and sharing my wish list with you. Of course, we’re excited to hear what you’re crazy for, too, so please share your favorite new designers, trends, and products with us in the comments.
1. Now that I’m a mother of two, I’ve found myself carrying more and more things in my handbag. Chloé’s Baylee bag looks professional and, thanks to its cross-body strap, is also a practical, hands-free weekend option. It’s been on my wish list for a while, so I think it might be time to give in.
Chloé Baylee bag, $2,250, Buy it now
2. Thanks to Isabel Marant, we have all been wearing high-top wedges; thanks to Phoebe Philo, we’ve been addicted to slip-ons. Now comes Karl Lagerfeld, changing the high-fashion sneaker game with his Spring ’14 couture trainers. After last week’s Chanel Couture show, we all wanted to go back to the nineties. If you too were inspired by the runway and are looking for a (slightly more affordable) pair now, check out Lanvin’s holographic kicks, which retail for $695.
Lanvin holographic leather sneakers, $695, Buy it now
3. By January, my skin is so dry, even with all the extra moisturizer I insist on using. I’ve found that fashion-friendly sweatshirts are softer on my skin than any cashmere. It’s also been a uniform around the Style.com offices—everyone is wearing their sweats to work.
Être Cécile sweatshirt, $148.50, Buy it now
4. It’s freaking cold in New York. It’s never been this cold as long as I’ve lived here. That being said, a great snow boot is a necessity. O Jour’s furry-lined pair is all I want to wear. Charlotte Casiraghi was spotted wearing them last week.
O Jour Red Hare boots, $1,070, Buy it now
5. While trying to decide who did the best job staying warm and looking chic during the Couture shows in Paris, Emmanuelle Alt stood out. Thanks to her, I’m now craving Isabel Marant Étoile’s quilted kimono coat.
Isabel Marant Étoile quilted coat, $745, Buy it now
This morning, Cara Delevingne bestowed a gift of unparalleled adorability upon the Internet in the form of an Instagram video. Following yesterday’s Chanel Couture extravaganza, the impish catwalker prompted 5-year-old Hudson Kroenig—Lagerfeld’s mini model godson who, along with father Brad, has been a mainstay on the Chanel show circuit since 2010—to run up to the Kaiser and proclaim that he was “fired.” Getting (faux) let go has never been so cute.
Marc Jacobs shook up the Spring ’14 season with his postapocalyptic presentation. His foreboding runway, littered with trash and cigarette butts, was a far cry from the lighthearted pastels and florals we usually associate with the Spring shows. Naturally, models needed some sensible footwear in order to traipse through Jacobs’ tattered wasteland. Thus, the designer paired his Victorian gowns with embellished, slip-on, rubber-soled sneaker-like flats.
A sentiment long embraced by the street-style set, this fusion of sport and high-fashion continues during the couture collections, where both Raf Simons and Karl Lagerfeld have featured sneaks. Yesterday, the former piqued our interest at Dior when he sent out girls-on-the-go in mid-length gowns and trainers. This morning at Chanel, the latter proved he could kick it, too. Each of Lagerfeld’s runway looks—his finale bride included—boasted a hopelessly cool (and appropriately haute) pair of sneakers. Could this be the end of the sky-high pump? Probably not, but considering the runaround that will inevitably accompany the upcoming ready-to-wear shows, we’d definitely walk a mile in these shoes.
Michelle Williams hit Cannes to promote her new flick Blue Valentine, and we’re just about ready to say she can do no wrong. She’s got a soft spot for young designers—she wore Suno to her Valentine photo call—but for the official premiere, she pulled out the big guns: Chanel Haute Couture. (She chose the petal pink column Heidi Mount wore for the show—an insouciant take on Roman sixties couture, if you ask us.) But what we really love is that she toned down the look with a witty choice of jewelry: bumblebee earrings from Asprey’s new children’s collection. Kids are better and better dressed these days—note the news from Pitti, for example, where Gucci and Fendi are due to launch childrenswear next month—and Asprey has wasted no time courting the tot demographic, delivering its collection of pint-sized fine jewelry to stores earlier this year. We presume that Michelle will be handing the ladybug posts down to her adorable daughter, Matilda, as soon as her ears are pierced. In the meantime, a magnifying glass is required to spot them in the Cannes paparazzi shots, but those are the gold, enamel, and pavé diamond earrings pictured above. Totally charming.
Ladybird earrings in white gold, $1,500, available later this year; for more information, call (212) 688-1811 or visit www.asprey.com.