As stylish and fashion savvy as I am, I was surprised today when I went on Twitter and saw tweets about Chanel's pre-fall collection. I know about resort collections, but I thought it only referred to pre-spring? Because wouldn't you go on a resort...in a warmer season...like spring? LOL. My interpretation was obviously super-off. But how exciting! More collections to review!
My first will be Chanel:
The quite obvious theme of this collection was Texas/cowboys. Look 1 was a pretty sprinkled gold jacket and skirt combo. The black tie was a rip off of the Yves Saint Laurent ties in the recent ''skinny suit'' ads. Look 2 was a boring red/brown color, and the pockets were too high up. Gabrielle Chanel always had the philosophy against extra, useless buttons... does a more noticeable, useless item like pockets that are too high up make sense? Nope. 4 was typical T.J. Maxx wear, with bunched up stripes that looked like a knitting mistake.
7 was one of my favorites. The glistening black jacket with the bright gold contrasting collar was so gorgeous. A goes-with-anything piece. Look 8 gives you a better view of the jacket in 7... but something tells me Levi's already has jeans covered? Or am I wrong? 11 was a favorite. I love, love, (LOVE) clothes with wispy feather accents. Especially in pale colors, like white, as in this look. A great, unique interpretation of the Chanel jacket. 12 was too kitschy/sterotypical cowboy for me. And sloppy. A skirt with fringe just at the bottom is a big no-no for me. It's a last minute attempt at making an outfit interesting. Look 14 brought an instant ''yuck'' reaction. Bottom fringe is bad, but misplaced middle fringe?!?! Look 15 was a strange hourglass jacket that gave the wearer an unhealthy look. When making clothes that have an hourglass shape, you should be showing curves, not an absence of ribs. The diamond in the rough of this somewhat bland (and sloppy) collection was 16, a floating dark black, glittery, and fuzzy dress. Everything I love in a gown.
Looks 17-20 take us on an unpleasant journey through Plastic-Clothing-Lane. 22, luckily, was not over plasticated. Deep red and blue shades in a soft wool jacket and skirt, with an elegant floral collar. 24's peach shades were simply the best. The good part of this collection was the new interpretations of the classic Chanel jacket. The oranges, maroons, reds, fringe, sparkle...
Aside from that, so many of these outfits were not Chanel, at all, especially 30. The burly fur and geometric shapes (in many outfits) were confusing (and what Seventeen would probably call ''Aztec'') Is it Peruvian? Native American? I think Just Dumb. 38 was so hideous. The colors too loud, and that fringe was just wrong, on so many levels. 42 was lazy and typical. Does the world SERIOUSLY need another hounds tooth jacket? Look 45 was probably the most horrendous. Now we're bringing in ancient Asian military gear? 47-50 was, again, straight out of T.J. Maxx. NO MORE CIRCLE/SQUARE PRINTS, 'KAY? The shawl was awesome though. Fuzzy and fluffy with those rich orange/red shades.
52-60 was the worst group of looks in this collection. Denim has already been done by Levi's, and that was the worst trend of recent, in my opinion. 58 and 60 were the worst. The next group, the sparkly one, had one of my favorites. The subtle and shiny look of 62 was Chanel and fit in with the America theme, with the red, white, and blue and stars. On to 64, the looks were too metallic. The menswear after was terrible,especially the fringed jackets. Just lazy designs, especially 66. Chanel isn't known for it's menswear, so if you want to introduce that, shouldn't you try and make it new, different? Modern menswear is something that seriously needs to improve, and this did not help. And let's face it, 69's skirt was a garbage bag.
Until 76 it's more garbage bags, metallic paint, and bland. 76's sweater was a favorite. I just loved the quirky feathery nature of it. I've also always loved the whole horoscopes/fortune teller/stars aesthetic. Everyone needs some fortune teller in their life, am I right? 77 and 78 also had that beautiful starry night theme. Look 81 was so different, with the simple black dress and red, orange, and blue skirt, sleeves, and collar. The unlikely colors worked perfectly. From then on things really look up. Look 83 had pastel, tinsel, and floated elegantly. It goes more in a colonial direction, which could sound school-production style, but it works. They weren't costumes, just subtle inspiration. I really didn't like the very last looks, because they were plain white sheer, but the models wore feathers and head dresses to make it interesting. It looked nice, but the feathers did not compensate well enough for the boring.
This collection had it's standouts, but Texas cowboys is not a very good theme for Chanel to work from. I have seen worse, though!