Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chanel and the Little Black Dress

The little black dress was one of the defining looks of Coco Chanel.  They were simple and wildly feminine.    Coco Chanel said, "I am neither in the past nor avant-garde.  My style follows life."

Karl Lagerfeld's designs for Chanel are also not mired in the past.  He plays with the vocabulary of the House of Chanel and seduces us with its history and its future.  Sometimes we are La Garconne, sometimes The Coquette in chiffon and ribbons, sometimes we are poverty de luxe (just a rebellious child in a provincial orphanage dreaming of a tiara), sometimes we are the woman who can make an Empire by just being herself.

This early Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel dress is strapless with ribbon detailing at the bust and hem of the dress. 

It is flirty and feminine and pretty.  

Early 1980s Chanel black ribbon dress.  Size 6.

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