Iconic Fall 2010 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Look 21 Runway Black Knit Boucle Dress w Fringe Detailing
The Fall 2010 Chanel collection is still one of the strongest and most memorable of the Karl Lagerfeld days. Vogue's Sarah Mower said in part of the show: "Freja Beha Erichsen and three bears on an ice floe. This was the arctic scene at Chanel, where giant chunks of bona fide iceberg, specially transported from Scandinavia, formed the frozen landscape around which models solemnly splashed through a sea of 'berg-melt in shaggy snow boots with ice-block heels. The Karl conceit of the season, no surprises, was an in-every-way extravagant play on Coco in cold weather. Using more fur than he'd even flung at Fendi—the twist being that here the fur was fake—Lagerfeld steered this collection nearer to couture than ready-to-wear than ever. Fur was woven into brown tweeds; formed deep pelmets on the lower half of leather jackets; became almost igloo-shaped capes, bonnets, even—for goodness' sake—furry trousers. Meanwhile, the suit and coat combinations also had a level of lavish elaboration usually reserved for haute eveningwear. Fur-fringed embroideries and ice jewelry conspired to create intensely worked ruffled and beaded silhouettes that glinted with rock-crystal neckpieces and fistfuls of rings. Somewhere in there, a flash of translucent silver seemed to be a clutch in which the quilting of the CC classic bag had been frozen into the likeness of a refrigerator ice cube tray." This dress was one of the knit and fringed pieces and was one of the most wearable dresses shown. It's twin was presented on the runway for Look 21 worn by Anna de Rijk.
This is a stunning and easy to wear dress. It is made out of one of the classic Chanel boucle knits and then has thick rows of yarn woven though that. The yarn detailing it was done in a range of colours going from a white to a deep navy to a deep red with variations of each colour running down each. The wool that the dress is made out of is very high end and surprisingly light in weight. These wool pieces are part of the Chanel legacy and Karl's genius in perfecting them and no one does it better. The cut is simple but perfect. It has a slight scooped at the neck and then skims over the bodice. Pockets sit on each side of the front and the sleeves are capped. Each sleeve ends with an edging of black yarn. This same black yarn edging is used at the neckline, the waist, hem and on the pockets. The waist is cinched in with a wide band and then the skirt falls in a pencil shape that has just a touch of as flare as it nears the hem. The neckline has a heavy fringe bib detailing that tied it into the collection perfectly. The fringe is made of yarn and sequins and it appears to be all done by hand. It is just gorgeous and is an amazing example of his work from this time period. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a fine black silk and closes with a hidden set back zipper. Tagged a Chanel 36. If you are narrow through the shoulders it could fit to a Medium
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
Reference Photos: Fall 2010 Chanel Runway Collection, Look 21. Model: Anna de Rijk.
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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