I hate to say it but the fake fur made the entire collection look like something I would have bought off a rack at Chanel for Target. Why, oh why, did you have to go out on an animal loving limb here Karl?
I understand you are trying to make a statement about using real fur but the hard fact to swallow here is that you work in a luxury business. You are providing dreams and fairytales for women with the clothes that you send down a catwalk. There is nothing dreamy or fantastic about horrible feeling, and looking, fake fur.
I can honestly say that I would have given the collection top marks if the faux fur was some incredible new creation that at least was closer to looking like the real thing. If Chanel had managed to do this everything would have been different. But they didn’t. The faux fur looked just as tatty and horrible as every other faux fur we have seen over the years. Fake is just that, Fake. If we are paying top dollar for luxury we want the real thing, not some sorry imitation. One thing I would like to know, however, is whether Chanel also used pleather….or was it real leather? Because if you are going to really make a statement you might as well go fully forward with it! Don’t even get me started on how many animals have probably been effected by the lifting of a giant iceberg from their habitat. So many conflicting statements here it makes my head spin.
The designs were brilliant, some of the best yet that I have seen out of Karl Lagerfeld’s workshop at Chanel. So if for a moment we can look beyond the faux fur mistake I would say this is a sign of Karl’s staying power. The mixing of tweeds and, what should have been real, fur was sheer brilliance as the heavy fabrics were made to co-exist in the creation of a garment. The boxy jackets and tulip skirts are beautifully constructed. The boots were simple and must have staples for the season ahead.
Again, I love the show. I loved the looks, I just couldn’t stomach the faux fur.