Why the detour? Lagerfeld’s inspiration for this collection: A nostalgic feeling of Glamour at the Rivera, the European Sun coast, Glamour days of the Jet Set age, the 70s the Hippie Chic, then he seems to get lost in the past.
This show made us travel to St. Tropez, experience the Riviera Glamour of the late 60s and 70s, flower child meets the Exotic. We can feel the vibe of Brigitte Bardot, Romy Schneider, Catherine Deneuve, and Babe P. …
Today, the Rich and very Famous are still here, in Ramatuelle or Cap d'Antibes, we can see them in the Cafés, strolling along the narrow boutique lined streets, or lounging on a yacht.
This is a fabulous ephemeral collection, before it gets away with too many design references to the 19th Century. He seems to have made a detour to 19th Century Venice, while designing this collection, before traveling on to the Riviera. References to the movie "Death in Venice" keep re-occuring and he can't seem to shake the images.
Luckily, some of the Jet Set vibe of the 70s in St. Tropez seems to be captured in the flowing kaftans and long tiered skirts.
Creations in dreamy colors, wild patterns, ruffles, lace, flowing caftans, 70s inspired knit tops, very short Tweed jackets, hip hugger pants.
This is a collection full of lighthearted inspiration, so sexy. A celebration of the feminine shape, sexy goddesses draped in gold lamée or lace, short and long dresses flowing along the body.
A collection full of opulence. Plenty to live up the Glamour factor of St. Tropez with references from its heyday in the early 70s.
This show was staged at the harbor in St. Tropez, against the backdrop of a street scene. The models came promenading in front of the Cafés, just as if they were on their way to the beach, some barefoot, holding their shoes in their hands. Some were walking on the beach.
When Resort Fashion lives up Jet Set Glamour… “Too much may not be enough,” Karl Lagerfeld is quoted as saying, when asked about inspiration and motivation when designing a collection. This collection says, "Too much is clearly enough..."
Looking at some of the designs from the Resort collection 2010, his inspiration is emerging. Inspiration is taking him in different directions, some of the designs show, his mind is scattered, his vision is leading him in too many different directions. Some more appealing than others.
Some of my favorite Looks from this collection were the soft flowing caftans, tops and pants with ruffles, playful details with lace, mixed with Denim and Tweed.
The inspiration of this collection still lingers on, I definitely would wear some of these Looks on my next Resort vacation. The Looks while 70s inspired have a modern contemporary feel.
What do you think?
photo credit: www.chanel.com Seen in the Chanel Resort Fashion collections.
photo credit: all Chanel Resort collection 2011