Ebony & Ivory? Chanel Spring 2012 Ad Campaign

Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

Joan Smalls and Saskia De Brauw star in Chanel’s Spring 2012 Ad Campaign. I’m really loving the contrast with the garments, and the contrast of the models. I wonder if it was done deliberately. Either way, the images are beautiful and quiet. That’s one thing Chanel has over a lot of labels, is the fact that when you’re wearing Chanel, you stand completely out in the crowd without having to be so loud. Charming as ever.

24 Hour Couture

This is a really old Editorial that I originally saw in American Harper’s Bazaar June 2007. I was never a huge fan of Gisele Bundchen whatsoever, until I saw this editorial. She wasn’t as angular as usual. There was a softness about her, and it was nice seeing her hair straight instead of the usual aqua-netted waves or curls. Either way, enjoy the beauty of Gisele in ’24 Hour Couture’ photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Bazaar.

Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano A/W '06-'07

Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano A/W ’06-’07

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier A/W ’06-’07

Versace Atelier

Versace Atelier A/W ’06-’07

Valentino Haute Couture

Valentino Haute Couture A/W ’06-’07

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier A/W ’06-’07

Givenchy

Givenchy Haute Couture A/W ’06-’07

Armani Prive

Armani Prive A/W ’06-’07

Chanel Haute Couture

Chanel Haute Couture A/W ’06-’07

Original Article via (Harper’s Bazaar)http://bit.ly/SRrfZi

Chanel Couture Spring/Summer 2012

This season the stage for the show was a business class airplane. It reminded me of Britney Spears’ Toxic video. From watching the show I noticed that the collection was a mixture of blues, blacks and silvers. There was also some dip dye thrown in there.

The things I loved about the collection were the shoes. They were super simple, but had 3 straps on the ankles, which I thought were really cute. I thought the beaded leggings were very charming. Also, the bead work was really amazing. Very intricate and perfectly placed. But the 20’s inspired dresses were the stand out for me. Very Chanel, yet modern with a flash of upper back skin. Made it a bit younger and slightly unexpected. I say slightly because the show had a few problems.

For one, black, blue and silver are by far my favorite colors. But in this show they were soo washed out. The blue carpet of the set made the blue garments look dumpy and didn’t allow the clothing to stand out. There was just something lacking. It’s almost as if the collection was meant to blend into the environment. As if Haute Couture was turning into an everyday type thing. Possibly the over accessibility of the fashion industry?

By far this was the weakest Haute Couture show from Chanel. I don’t know if it was the set, but it was lackluster. It just didn’t flow smoothly and the black section was too much for Spring. It was too much bulk for the coming months. The Pre-Fall collection had more spunk. It felt like a real show…this wasn’t the best that Karl can do.