A Closer Look: Chanel SS15 collection’s striking details


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Chanel is not just about tweed and monochrome.

With the arrival of spring, creative director Karl Lagerfeld wants to fill his boutiques with “happiness and hope”. Like his runway “Boulevard Chanel” last September, the famed designer wants to bring back the air of freedom that he once experienced on Parisian streets during 1968’s protests. Using the same models from the runway, release and restraint are visually portrayed in this Spring/ Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection.

Tailoring was the key factor, and countless interpretations of tweed were rendered into all sorts of clothing. From flared trousers, micro minis or kicky box-pleated skirts, the play in length and layering was enthralling. In order to recreate the free-flowing emotion of spring, gauzy fabrics including silk, cigaline, cotton voile, organza and lace were put into play, bringing about different transparencies. For the deep, mysterious night, complex evening pieces are apt – the mosaic cocktail dresses are made up of rectangular pewter plastic tablets, arranged like bricks, paying homage to the architecture of the inspiration source. For something out of the ordinary, Chanel has a revolutionary piece to offer – lacquered pant suit.

Delve further into the fashion powerhouse’s SS 2015 offerings in this video that switches between a visual whirlwind of psychedelic splotches of colours and black & white films. Combined with a chill track ‘Electric’ by PVT, flashing between the past and present, Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic influences are all clearly encapsulated in this collection. In addition, the collection also features embroidery inspired by Parisian paving stones, graphic plates and intricate floral handiworks which blend in seamlessly with Chanel‘s iconic black and white.

Clearly, they’re not just about tweed anymore.

Jacqueline Koh