I am not a big color person. I wear a lot of black and I make no apologies for it. But the Chanel Spring 2015 Couture collection may have changed my mind.
Chanel’s suits were simple and unfussy, by offering a no- nonsense way of life to the Couture crowd. The suit as the staple piece was a fresh reminder for the audience that sometimes less is more. Karl offered every type of skirt suit silhouette, from A-line to pencil to above the knee-giving each lady who lunches endless options. Personally I loved the array of colors the suits were offered in, because it connected to the soft evening dresses with whimsical flowers jumping off the fabrics. From mint to pink to canary yellow, Karl kept it simple and clean to prevent the collection from resembling a Crayola box.
Karl is always one to keep his looks modern, offering some crop top variations (however, if you’re not comfortable with that, I’d suggest to put a tank underneath and leave the jacket open). The opening orange suit looked soft and comfy-who knew couture suits could be today’s new relaxed wear? Okay, Karl probably knew.
Although I always believe black can never be boring, it certainly wasn’t this season. Lots of translucent, peek-a-boo fabrics kept the looks dynamic, rather than swallowing the models. The beginning gowns and dresses looked as if the models were standing in a large garden in which the foliage had started to grow on the looks (imagine how breathtaking it would be if they all stood together). I really, really liked the later looks, specifically a gray jacket with futuristic, geometric flowers-was Karl talking about genetically modified flora?
THE DRESSES: Karl is never so straight-forward, therefore this collection was a bit of a shock for me-but in a good way. The collection Flowers embellished on pockets resembled girls carrying full bouquets. I know the pink dress with a column of embellishment will be all over the red carpet-it’s can flatter a variety of figures and it’s metallic edge is quite attention-grabbing.
Hats: The wide-brimmed hats wrapped in black tulle rounded out the looks and reminded us of a forgotten age. Whether Karl was referencing 1899 or 2099, I thought it was a hit and brought a softness to the suits without sacrificing the whole look (brave move Chanel).
Masks: I loved the lace fabric covering the eyes that adds a sense of mystery. Karl’s done masks like that in past seasons, but I really like it this time since it ties well in with the abundance of fabric.
Beanies, gloves, and boots: The beanies seemed a little distracting, and more 2001 rather than 2015. The patent toes on the shoes were a fun accent, and I really liked the fact that the shoes were functional and flat, but I could’ve done without the square toes.
Continuing the translucent fabric to the gloves connected them to the lightness of the looks. Karl loves adding gloves to his designs for Chanel. To prevent himself from looking repetitive, he gave them a fresh update by adding the flowers in a fun way.
Get excited- the 70’s is back! The music was great, the look was even greater. But how does this apply to 2015 you may ask? Think comfy casual that can easily be updated from day to night. I’d say the Chloe PreFall 2015 collection perfectly emulates the era.
Also, let this be your background music while you read.
Icons to Google: Farrah Fawcett, Cher, Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Jane Birkin, Marissa Berenson, Debbie Harry, Pam Grier
1970s: The bigger the better.
NOW: Keep the impact but instead with a bold print. For day, think pastels or flowery prints, while for night, dare to shimmer with metallic silver or gold pants.
Dresses and Jumpsuits:
1970s: Halter-tops and one-shouldered gowns galore!
NOW: Cutouts and skin-baring looks may not be as appropriate for the workplace, so throw a sharp blazer on top to update the look to keep it from looking too casual. This year, hemlines will become longer as well.
1970s: Bright flowing tops in a kaleidoscope of prints.
NOW: Continuing with the loose-fit trend, shop for butterfly tops, tunics, and blouson shirts. Keep the colors neutral not to scream 1970s.
1970s: Platforms on platforms!The 70’s took footwear to new heights. Think patent leather, prints, and even whimsical elements.
NOW: For evening, stacked heels and also flats will be even more popular than before. Which is a plus considering they’re much more comfy!
Then: long, flowy, natural, voluminous afros
Now: No need to update. Gisele-esque waves are always the way to go. The hairstyles are relevant and easy to do!
Go Farrah Go!
Makeup:Dewey shimmer was all the rage. Lots of eyeshadow and also lip color that’s harkens back to Studio 54 (FYI it was a hotspot of 70’s celebs and artists).
Now: I wouldn’t advise to use blush as a highlighter, but instead keep your look interesting by focusing on one element. Instead of a bold lip AND eyeshadow AND cheeks, choose one and stick with it!
Not sure if you’ve heard, but Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell are the newest faces of Burberry’s Spring Summer 2015 Campaign. This is a BIG DEAL.
Why might you ask? Well because it’s very rare that a black model is in a major campaign these days. Or in the center of one. Or alone in one. Or even with another black model. So having TWO black models as the central focus in a fashion campaign that has no tribal or “urban” (code for hood) references is refreshening. Also, kudos to Burberry for having Jourdan and Naomi look gorgeous without adding skin-lightening.
Jourdan and Naomi weren’t selected as a racial statement by the brand, but simply because they’re the best. Burberry’s Creative DirectorChristopher Bailey (who is just really, really awesome btw) shared, “Naomi and Jourdan – two great British icons, two strong, beautiful women and the two perfect faces for our new campaign. It is, as always, a real privilege to work with them.”
Naomi is a legend, groomed in the days of the 90’s Supermodels, while Jourdan has stomped every major runway alongside Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, and well you get it.
Moving forward, it would be great if other brands took note of Burberry’s wise move. Rather than sprinkling a few racially ambiguous models on their runways, I think a bolder stance would showcase the industry’s ability to shape what’s beautiful, rather than being the object of popular opinion.