Paris: After having recently opened a second Chanel boutique in Istanbul, designer Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the city’s rich artistic heritage as the capitol of the Byzantine Empire. Titled “Paris-Byzance,” the Pre-Fall 11 collection evoked the opulence of Byzantine art with a surfeit of gold threads shot through knits, gilded and bejeweled accessories and glowing paillettes. Firm satins were adorned with gold chains in a quilted pattern for updated versions of the classic suit, and sequins in a mosaic motif decorated sheaths made from decadent duchesse satin. Standout mélange knits had purposeful imperfections that made their metallic glow more approachable, while a dove grey chiffon dress and a similar style in white were an airy contrast to all the heavy luxuriousness. Lagerfeld’s lavish homage to ancient Constantinople showcased the fantastic craftsmanship of his team with shapes that remained true to Chanel’s storied heritage.

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  • I applaud Lagerfeld for his incredible abilities, but just because it is Chanel does not make it great. I see nothing in these pieces that would create a need to add a piece to my wardrobe.

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