Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2009 Paris Fashion Show

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Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2009 Collection was, contrary to the Kaiser’s saying, quite recession-ish.

It was like a dance, a dance with 65 brides and widows. I can’t help but noticing the brides largely outnumbered the widows since there was an outstanding majority of white, white-ish, butter-ish creations on the catwalk. (don’t miss the images and the videos from Chanel Spring Summer 2009 collection, right after the jump!)

Chanel Couture Spring 09 black white

The collection was drastic with a hospital aftertaste but also optimistic. Regardless of what may or may not be expected from the Kaiser, this Haute Couture collection was terribly minimalist and linear.

Chanel Couture Spring 09 white bride

Figure embracing creations with floral accents, sequined details here and there, Karl Lagerfeld played with transparencies and clean cuts more than anything else. His surprise element were the paper flower “hats”.

Chanel Couture Spring 09 white

Lagerfeld covered everything he could in paper for this Haute Couture Spring 2009 show. Pillars, staircases, tables. Katsuya Kamo’s head pieces made quite a buzz (and rightfully, since it all looked amazingly salad-ish!) and even though Karl wanted to take full credit for their discovery, it seems the pure-paper-ish head gardens were first featured in a NY Times T Magazine photo spread. (proof in images: here)

Chanel Couture Spring 09 butter

What I think about this Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2009 is really easy to summarize: bride nurses who must stay away from moisture! I chose the pieces I found most attractive, but you can always see all the collection here. Hail the economic crisis for spawning such inspiration chez Le Kaiser!


#1 Ellington on 02.04.09 at 12:25 pm

I like it the black and the white the brides, the widows the nurses. Some of it reminded me of the Ascot scene in My Fair Lady, others dresses, made me think of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie O.
The colour pallet is minimalistic but I find it clean, and in a way hopeful.

#2 Phemay165 on 04.12.09 at 10:50 am

i would have to agree with Ellington very very audry hepburn but isnt that a good thing? she had a classic chic style no1 will ever forget & this season yes chanel may be lacking in color but its very clean cut. i like it but i find that i probably wont find the average girl walking down the street in most of these…its sad…designers make these peices & you barely see them out on the streets…they dont think realisticly…whos gonna really wear that out? i love chanel dont get me wrong…just…be more…realistic…what does the average person wear…would an average person wear this…

#3 Kate on 01.12.10 at 1:30 pm

What’s fun in making something beautiful that the average person could wear?

#4 Liesl Eva Margaret on 02.07.10 at 7:42 pm

It’s sublime of course but does the man ever broaden his colour spectrum?

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