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CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture

Sometimes it’s best not to push a matter too far because there is no time like the present. The settling effect of Karl Lagerfeld’s 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection for CHANEL, held January 21st at the Grand Palais in Paris, made me look at everything I wore elsewhere.

Karl’s caped sleeves and visible softness of the dresses’ lines and woven blends is grand. The collection’s mystery is in the silhouette. It is absolute femininity, and an outfit brought to life yet distant from any dinner table. He mastered active wear and pure modernity in each look. The eveningwear is magical using embroidered embellishments like crystals and feathers. Karl knows that fashion is in the air.

Of course, Chanel wouldn’t be without a dash of sparkle. At the presentation, the models catwalked to an orchestra performance led by Sebastien Tellier. When it’s spring in San Francisco, I suppose wearing something electric.

Photos by Benoit Peverelli / CHANEL

By Cynthia Riddell

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