“Too much may not be enough,”Karl Lagerfeld is quoted as saying, when asked about inspiration and motivation when designing a collection. This collection may be a case of "Too much is more than enough..."
Lagerfeld’s inspiration for this collection: Versailles 18th Century Baroque, Marie-Antoinette’s Spirit meets Punk and Modernity set in the Gardens of Versailles among the fountains.
This collection was a mix of extremes with references to the Past. Modern Denim, clunky plateau heels on modified sneakers, Punk Make up, powdered wigs in Punk colors, ruffles, pleats, over-sized golden embroidery, neon colors, high or low hemlines, short very wide skirts reminiscent of the "Pannier" the baroque under garments worn in the , tweed jackets and chains, it was all a surrealistic snap shot of today. An air of Rococo, and Baroque was interpreted in tight bodice tops, wide skirts, lavish trim on corset tops, mixed with Denim and Tweed.
The Show, set in the gardens of Versailles, was so surreal, with an air of Marie-Antoinette’s Spirit looking on, sparkling fountains added to the “Happy Style” feeling exuded by the French Court style. Everything was truly, “Too much may be too much…"
Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration for this collection: Versailles 18th Century Baroque, Marie-Antoinette’s Spirit meets Punk and Modernity set in the Gardens of Versailles among the fountains.
Too much indeed, a Comedy of the Absurd, actually. This Look did not make sense, it came across as too theatrical, an almost clownish pantomime of models parading in front of an audience. This collection did not resonate or translate into our sense of style and sensibility. It lacked inspiration for Resort Fashion to wear today, neither the fashions, nor the jewelry, nor the Make up.
But, it was pure entertainment fun, so surreal, to observe exaggerated figures in a visually intoxicating performance come into view, then disappearing, while enjoying the classic grandeur of one of the greatest gardens as a stage.
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