Chanel, AW14, Paris.
It would be easy to be distracted by the supermarket set and the accessories wrapped in plastic at the Chanel show and miss out on a chance to see how the attention to detail extended to the fabrics and garment construction. From cinched waists and geometric quilting to ring pull brooches and chanel security tags, the collection was filled with tiny details. And this is even aside from spotting the “CC” logo and any use of tweed, chains and pearls.
One of the recurring details of the Autumn-Winter 2014 show was the use of cinched in waist details, paired with large rounded shoulders. This is a game of proportions that Lagerfeld has been playing on and off for a few seasons now, but this time the waist detail included panels and zips.
Other interesting panelling details included the use of contrasting thick and thin fabrics like a sort of tweed armour and a sleeve panelling detail with a split. One piece was also finished off with mitred corners – a technique that many new sewers have learnt without necessarily seeing a place where it could be used effectively.
A large portion of the collection featured graphic fabrics with vibrant geometric shapes. These fabrics were sometimes emphasised by using quilting to outline the shapes on the fabric, or occasionally the fabric was pleated and then restricted with black strips and topstitching.
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