Incredible Spring 2018 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Runway Look 8 Pink & Blue Metallic Boucle Dress
In the Vogue review from this collection they started off by stating that; 'The healing power of nature, the need for optimism, the importance of handcraft, the celebratory power of forward-looking fashion: All these things have been constant talking points in Paris for over a week now, but it took Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel to actually bring the vertiginous cliffs and coursing waterfalls of the Gorges du Verdon to the Grand Palais and wrap it all up in a final spectacular word on every point. The scenery—a facsimile of a beauty spot in the South of France—was so naturalistic that a breeze floated along the canyon, blowing off the girls’ clear plastic boaters and setting their extraordinary clothes flowing as they strode on in their thigh-high plastic boots.... “Did you feel it?” asked Karl Lagerfeld (rhetorically) afterward. “The molecules from the water, when you breathe them in, it’s very healthy for you! It’s why you feel good in places like this.” He had no need to check. We felt it, all right. Whether it was endorphin effects of the big outdoors scenario or the clothes, this walk in the country produced a fashion high that was shot through with relevance. The clothes were spectacular and the fabrics themselves where noted; 'the house tweeds fluttered with fringes or were reduced to almost transparent cages. Lurex threads and crystal jewelry glinted. The intricate balance between natural-looking textures and advanced technical skills was breathtakingly dynamic to behold.' when comparisons were made to the sixties Karl emphatically stated that; "They (the fabrics) were never like this! The fabrics then were terrible. There’s not a fabric here which you can buy elsewhere. They’re all made by Chanel, in-house.” and indeed the fabrication of this dress is remarkable. No matter how good it looks here you will be in awe to see it in hand.
As stated above the fabric of this dress was made in-house as a variation on the classic Chanel boucle and it is spectacular. The dress itself is chic and simple but the colour and fabric gives it maximum impact. The twin of this dress walked the runway for Look 8 and I love having runway references for you to see how amazing it is on. It was styled on the runway for full over-the -top catwalk effect but really when you pull all away it is very classic but with an edge. This makes it very versatile on how you choose to wear it and I love that. The dress is a simple sheath with little capped sleeves to give it that chanel shoulder Karl loved. It skims over the bodice qand comes in at the waist amd then skims over the hips. The skirt is cut in a long penciul and comes in slightly at the hem. The vent for this one is at the front and that gives it another sharp little nagle that pics up on the incredible shoulders. I love how the shoulders have that inset of the boucle edged with that brilliant blue lace and then that same detailed boucle is used in triangles that wrap and curve around the waist to give shape. Clever and subtle seams shape the dress around you so that it's very flattering. It is lined in a pale pink silk. For the body of the dress the fabric is a combination of ivories, soft greys, pale pinks and pale blues. Mixed into that or strips of a clear plastic and on the border edges there are strips of a iridescent rainbow Lamy ribbon. This means the entire dress has this incredible glint in the light which adds a completely different dimension to the classic Chanel fabric. I tried to take lots of close-ups for you but it's really incredible to see this fabric in person. This is an exceptional Chanel piece that will never go out of style. It is meticulously made and it is a beautiful piece showcasing the work that the Chanel ateliers are capable of and of Karl's time there. It has never been worn and has its original hang tag attached then to find it as Chanel fantasy tweed. Inside the little envelope hangtag there is also an extra square of fabric. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a fine pink silk. The dress closes with a hidden set back zipper. Original hangtag present as described above. Tag a modern Chanel size 38
Bust: 17-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 30" from waist to hem with about 2" turned under
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
The Chanel boucle is created with their proprietary method of weaving that they themselves describe as "by weaving the warp and weft, using a variety of different kinds of threads which creates a unique and somewhat irregular appearance. The warp – vertically strung – is the background of the fabric, the base that will support the assembly of materials. There can be up to 12 different threads used for a single warp. The weft – woven horizontally – gives the fabric its unique character and can have an unlimited number of threads. Tight, perforated, textured, thick, with a relief, plaited, random, twill… the potential number of effects is endless". This technique gives you that classic Chanel look.
Reference Photos/Video: Spring 2018 Chanel Collection, Look 8. Model Lexi Boling.
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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