Thursday, January 23, 2014
Chanel dumps stilettos for sneakers at its Paris haute couture show
Chanel models ditched the traditional ill-fitting sample shoes with hazardously high heels for pastel running shoes at the Chanel haute couture show in Paris. The surprisingly casual move by revered designer Karl Lagerfeld set the mood for a collection of relaxed silhouettes including dropped-waist full-length gowns, cropped bouclé jackets with T-shirt sleeves, A-line skirts and boater-style cropped jackets. Despite the casual reinterpretation of Chanel's classic silhouettes, designs were rich in decorative detail from silk appliqué flowers and glass beading to lurex thread and peacock feathers. Of all the 65 models to shun stilettos for sneakers, Brit "It" girl and skateboarding fan Cara Delevingne looked most comfortable in the contemporary collection. Cementing her position as queen of the couture label, the kooky model stole the sartorial spotlight in the starring role of the dazzling finale. Clad in a beaded, sheer white bridal gown with extravagant feather headdress and lashings of spangled silver eyeliner.