There’s nothing better than when it looks like a designer had fun creating a collection, and this season, Karl Lagerfeld seems to be having a ball (or maybe a hoop, but we talked about that yesterday). First, at Fendi, Lagerfeld sent out an exuberantly forward-thinking collection full of technical wizardry and big, angular ideas, and then yesterday at Chanel, he delivered a set of Chanel staples writ large – necklaces and bracelets made of tight clusters of enormous pearls, the brand’s traditional jackets cut big and boxy, the aforementioned hoop-mounted Chanel CLassic Flap Bag. Make no mistake, Chanel will always say “Chanel” all over it.
But there was some notable modernism to the collection as well. Trim black hats featured wide clear plastic brims, box clutches were made over as candy-colored Legos, little bouclé dresses were inset with mesh panels that had an almost industrial feel. The colors were brighter and more boldly combined during much of the show than you’d expect from the brand best known for black and ivory, and that was reflected in the bags as well. Check out the full collection after the jump.