May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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May 12, 2015
Seoul: Leave it up to Karl Lagerfeld to lead the way in selecting an innovative venue in which to present his latest collection. Staged at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a futuristic structure designed by Zaha Hadid and South Korean-based Samoo Architects & Engineers, Lagerfeld combined references to Korean traditional dressing with iconic Chanel jackets in bright combinations of colour. The show began with a colourful tweed Chanel suit while the the Chanel icon and name were patterned into brightly coloured patchworks. Colour was the leitmotif for the presentation – bold strips of coloured combinations in a patchwork technique was inspired by the South Korean equivalent of the kimono and was quintessential to the collection. Inspiration from Korean traditional dress inspired many of the exquisite ensembles throughout – from mother-of-pearl embroidery delicately placed across a black dress that came from the decoration on Korean wedding chests to the finale of high empire line dresses – simple yet elegant, completing a dramatic yet seoulful collection. – Lizzy Bowring
Theme: Delicate Korean inspiration for Chanel
Key Items: Half-belted jackets / Drop-waisted dress / Wrap dress / Wide patent trousers / High-waisted dresses / Cropped trousers / Long slim dresses / Pleated skirts / Wrap jackets / Shorts / Embellished jeans / All-in-one / Asymmetric knitted tabards / Cropped sweaters
Colour: Turquoise / Pale pink / Melon / Pale yellow / Bright blue / Black / Cream / White / Forest green
Print and Pattern: Graphic patchwork / Bold stripes / Dots / Chanel floral
Trims and Materials: Mother of Pearl embroidery / Sequins / Patent / Lace / Quilting / Leather / Knit / Colourful Tweed
Footwear and Accessories: Square toed chunky heels / Mary Janes with leather socks / Chanel shoulder bags / Tweed clutch / Pearl chokers / Metallic cuffs
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