May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Paris: With all of the cultural references that play a part in fashion, it becomes a waiting game to see which nation is up next on the rotation. For Pre-Fall, Karl Lagerfeld filtered the rich sartorial history of India through his Parisian lens to surprisingly refreshing effect. Encompassing all of the Chanel classics, from tweed suiting to cap-toe boots and quilted chain strap bags, the designer rendered those pieces and more in a laundry list of rich textures; brocade, velvet, shimmering metallic silks, handworked embroidery, sumptuous beading and foil finishes. The addition of body-skimming, embellished tunics, jeweled headpieces and wrapped tulip skirts layered over gilded leggings, as well as a few nods to the current trend for pajama dressing, all placed Chanel’s Pre-Fall squarely on the leading edge of a fresh cultural focal point, no doubt kicking off a deluge of pale imitations.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Fitted / A-line / Tunic / Draped
Color: White / Black / Sapphire / Pastel pink / Bright fuchsia / Burgundy / Navy / Plum / Gold / Nude / Poppy red / Champagne / Stone / Lavender
Key Items: Silk tunics / Pajama pants / Full skirts / Draped gowns / Tweed dresses / Cardigans / Tulip skirts / Tailored suiting / Silk blouses / Slim trousers / Leggings / Embroidered overcoats / Matched sets / Cropped jackets / Slim knit tops / Floor length gowns
Materials: Metallic silk / Lace / Raw silk / Cashmere knits / Wool / Lurex / Leather / Chainmail / Velvet / Fur / Brocade
Print + Pattern: Stripes / Paisley / Florals
Details + Trim: Embroidery / Beading / Pearls / Unfinished edges / Draping / Contrast piping / Epaulettes / Buttons / Fur / Fringe / Quilting / Gathering
Accessories + Footwear: Quilted chain strap bags / Cap-toe boots / Fingerless, embroidered leather gloves / Layered beaded necklaces / Jeweled headpieces / Chandelier earrings / Cross-body purses / Flat, toe-loop sandals / Skinny crystal belts / Fringed scarves / Textured hosiery / Metallic booties
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