Chanel Spring/Summer 2011: Classic vs. modern

Last Updated on July 19, 2022

Paris fashion week was the one I was looking forward to the most this year for two reasons: luxurious line-up (old French houses, the greatest authorities in fashion) and a very subjective feeling that collections shown in Milan, London and New York as a whole lacked a spark. They weren't bad, but will we remember them in 5 years?

To my disappointment, Paris generally continued in the same vein (except Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Kenzo, all of which I really liked). Collections that could (should) have been better, shows running late and lack of live streams (I understand that Paris has a different status than other fashion weeks, but please, this is 2010) caused my excitement to gradually tone down. In the back of my mind, however, I was still keeping my hopes high for Chanel. Karl ought to make up for the Fall/Winter 2010/2011 Yeti fiasco somehow, doesn't he?

Chanel Spring/Summer 2011

Chanel's Spring/Summer 2011 show was held at the Grand Palais in Paris. The set was out of this world, a French garden set around three fountains. It was so large that each of the 90 models' exits - accompanied by live orchestra music - lasted for approximately 5 minutes. It was all so perfectly thought out that when I focused on the collection itself, my initial thought was that Lagerfeld must have put much more time and energy into the show than clothes.

PLUS: Classic Chanel - tweed jackets and pearls - far from revolutionary, but these are the iconic pieces that Chanel customers will always want (besides, you have to pay Coco her dues!). I thought they looked lovely, not at all outdated, and so did the dresses, especially this blue one. The Chanel dream was very much present in these designs.

MINUS: Hot pants and shoes are the pieces I cannot connect with Chanel at all. The former look like an attempt to modernize Chanel's image, but they're just not elegant, which is possibly the first thing this brand is supposed to be. The same goes for shoes (even the models looked clumsy in them - way to discourage not-model-perfect women from buying), but then again, one of the biggest Spring/Summer 2011 trends seems to be strange orthopedic footwear and there's nothing we can do about it except not buy it.

Will we remember this collection in 5 years? I feel that the extravagantly beautiful show made even the best outfits look insignificant. Unless Lagerfeld presents Chanel's next collection at the Taj Mahal, we might only keep in mind the French garden and great casting.

7 thoughts on “Chanel Spring/Summer 2011: Classic vs. modern”

  1. ne sumnjam da ce on vec smisliti neko novo ludilo za F/W 2011. ima da sazida Taj Mahal ili tako neshto :)
    a u pravu si za PFW, umesto da uzbudjenje bude na vrhuncu, atmosfera i nije neka

    • I ja mislim da ?e biti tako, mada bi mi bilo mnogo draže da se baci u posao i najzad napravi vau kolekciju.

      Što se ti?e PFW, Hermès danas mi je poslednja nada. :/

  2. I haven't looked at the collection in detail (probably won't until the actual season arrives), but immediately I thought the shoes are hideous. However, other than the very classic styles, I found chanel shoes tacky and hideous anyway.

  3. Their last show was so impressing that I think it's normal they didn't have that WOWOMG factor this time.. I must say there's so much going on right now that I'm not that easily impressed !

    • I feel the same. I remember being amazed by almost every collection a couple of years ago. Somehow everything looked beautiful to me. I'm way pickier now. ;)


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