Gorgeous Spring 2012 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Hand Crochet Knit & Silk Chiffon Blue Dress w Scarf
When we looked for photos of this dress we did found these incredible shots photos of Vanessa Paradis shown with Cecile Cassel woe was wearing a dress in the same print to the 2013 Cruise Chanel show. This was a productions piece that I have seen attributed to Spring 2012 but there is the possibility that it is might be a bit earlier. Regardless of that it is a gorgeous dress and I personally love this version more then the one Cecile wore. It has that classic Karl quirkiness mixed with high drama that we love to see when collecting his pieces.
This Chanel dress is wonderful. The cut is simple and classic but at the same time that poufed skirt detailing gives it a bit of an edge. It is made of two fabrics. The bodice is a soft cotton mix knit that is hand crocheted into little nubby rows that run vertically from the neckline to the waist. It is in line with the classic Chanel boucle feel but it has a more artisanal feel to it. The skirt, scarf and straps are all made from a silk chiffon. The colour of both fabrics is a soft deep blue combined with a white mixed in to create an abstract pattern. The silk chiffon keeps the dress very light and easy to wear. The bodice of the dress is simple and classic. Tiny chiffon straps curve over each shoulder. The bodice is cut straight across and wraps all the way around you. Set under each strap at the front is a pretty Chanel metal brooch piece. Each has four muted crystals inset into it and they also have that a classic double C logo. The bodice is brought in a touch at the waist and then the skirt falls to the floor from under there. The skirt is spectacular. It is caught up just above the knees with a seam. This causes the skirt to pouf up and around you above that seam. Under that it falls the rest of the way to the floor and gently widens out as it near the hem. The lower skirt has tons of movement when you walk. I love the black silk ribbon that sits on one side of that seem. It is the perfect romantic touch. The skirt is in its original supermodel length and the dress appears to have been worn very little if at all. It also comes with its original silk chiffon scarf piece that is cut extremely long. You can use this to wrap around your shoulders, tie it around the neck, or even use it as a head piece or turban. The construction is immaculate. It is stunning. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a silk organza through the bodice and the upper part of the skirt. It closes with a back set zipper. Light boning at the sides of the bodice. The bodice has some stretch. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. It is tagged a Chanel 40.
Bust: 16-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 45" from neck to front hem, 48" to the back hem
Scarf: 120" x 21"
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
Reference Photos: Cecile Cassel and Vanessa Paradis attend the Chanel Cruise 2013 show at the Chateau de Versailles, in Versailles, France, on May 14, 2012.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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