What can I say? As we anticipated, Karl Lagerfeld delivered what we love about Chanel - the tweed suits; lots of tulle and lush boucle; feminine pastels in pale pink, lilac, greens and blues; odd hairstyles (adorning the centre part of an unusual updo); opulent embellishments; and froth galore - all wrapped up in the usual youthful, pretty package.
The difference this time was jackets paired with shorts rather than skirts and trousers - which isn't my favourite look but it keeps things fresh (though I wasn't complaining) - and liquid metal leather shoes with carved heels over high-sheen opaque tights and matching racing gloves that could have come from Karl's personal collection. However, monochrome was absent. I was going to say 'noticeably' absent but it just dawned on me. I don't miss it. He'll probably send out a parade of models in black and white for A/W RTW, so if that's what you want to see you only have to wait until March.
I want to drown in those boucle pastels.
Oh! And camellias! I didn't see any. I think maybe the fingers are still sore at Lemarié after last year's spring camellia extravaganza. There were no multistrands of pearls and chain, and the double Cs seemed to be banished as well in favour of a more elegant image.The accessories were for the hair and hands only, with the exception of some sweetly tulle-wrapped necks.
And the ever-present groom, Baptiste Giabiconi, looked a bit like C-3PO in his gold suit.