Photos and text provided by Chanel.
For the CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Ready-to-Wear collection, presented Tuesday October 1st 2013, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an art gallery. He invited guests – including CHANEL ambassadresses Vanessa Paradis and Caroline de Maigret, singers Rita Ora and Katy Perry, English actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Stacy Martin, French actresses Marine Vacth, Alma Jodorowsky and Leila Bekhti, Japanese actress Rila Fukushima and Italian dancer Roberto Bolle – to an unexpected vernissage of around 75 original installations.
Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by artists in interpreting the painters’ palettes and materials, creating an encounter between art and fashion.
The House’s celebrated tweed is woven from ribbons of chiffon, organza, lace and plastic threads, or otherwise are frayed or even torn. Stretch knit, crêpe de Chine, lace printed with motifs in silicone, guipure with a resin effect, leather, pearl embroideries and countless fabric or cord trims are featured.
Next to the House’s iconic colors of black, white and navy blue, pink, blue, yellow and green – whether in pastel, bright or flourescent shades – make up a range of tones as vast a color chart.
Karl Lagerfeld plays with the codes of the suit, combining in it three, four or even five separate pieces. The iconic jacket is explored in multiple ways: slim and sleeveless, supple and belted, as well as cut open on the bust and structured with square shoulders.
Long skirts open on the sides, short and flared skirts, and apron-like shift dresses underline a linear silhouette, accessorised with pumps with an incorporated sock and extra-large pearls worn on short necklaces, rings and cuffs, as well as on the emblematic long necklaces, revisited for this occasion.
For this collection, Karl Lagerfeld breathed a freshness and colors for spring.