Retrospective

July 04, 2012




Photos via Style.com

I am surprisingly satisfied with the Chanel Fall 2012 Haute Couture collection. The past few (along with so many other designers) left me a little disappointed, but I LOVE the obvious retro touch on the outfits that finally bring back the spirit of Coco Chanel. And then of course, there were a few silhouettes that left me horrified, since there was no meaning, no unity, no shape in the outfit, but well, at least it wasn't all of them. At least now I'm not lusting over photograph of vintage Alix Grès and Balanciaga and wishing today's designers would finally stop producing, well, crap, and learn from the Masters of old times. 

I am a little appalled at the fact that in the comment sections on popular fashion websites, people are saying stuff like "Karl, my grandmother called, she wants her outfits back." I think it's a blatant lack of culture and spirit to scorn at the past: our grandmothers at least knew how to dress elegantly.
In my opinion (and it is a very strong one), today's designers, who are revered and worshiped, can't create a fraction of the beauty that you find in what today is vintage. I wish they could get off their self-appointed pedestals and look behind for a moment, learn from the past.

And now, I'm going to lust over some Alix Grès, Elsa Schiaparelli and Balanciaga... They're all over my Pinterest boards.


Talking about retro, I am currently in Montréal visiting a dear friend from high school. I left on Sunday morning after I realized I wouldn't be able to withstand another moment in DC without power and heat after Friday's storm. I must say I absolutely love this city, which has this incredible French feel to it. It reminds me sometimes of Paris, sometimes of Toulouse, where everything is old, everything has a long history. 
And obviously, you know me, I'm fond of anything that reminds me of France. I'll tell you more about Montréal as I explore it (in my favorite way of exploring a city: getting lost and going in circles to find my way back), and definitely upload pictures by the end of the week! In the meanwhile, tune in on my Facebook page for snippets! 


And finally, Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans!


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3 comments:

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Stunning. And so very Chanel.

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Confessions of A Confused City Girl said...

Cute! It is very Coco Chanel... I love anything that reminds me of old europe...

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Christine Yun said...

Awesome collection. Chanel always has done amazing things with tweed.

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