Mar 12, 2009

Fall 2009 Chanel Runway Review

The Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection from Chanel (shown in Paris yesterday) was full of classic style lines and feminine details. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld described the collection as "Belle Brummell" inspired by Beau Brummell, a British dandy who dictated men's fashion by tying his cravats in ever more elaborate configurations.

High collars adorned with ruffles were dominant as a key detail for Chanel, as were sleeve details and cuffs. The silhouette was slender and trousers were worn low on the hip with a cuffed hem. Key items included the jumpsuit with detailing on the sleeves (lace, bows, ruffles), floor-length satin black skirts, the key-hole neck opening, and skirts that had a lengthy slit up the front. Accessories included a clear Chanel carryall (with a signature Chanel handbag tucked inside and places for lipstick and blush), the hoop-heel shoe (talk about negative space), and a black backpack-briefcase. The majority of the collection featured classic black and white colorways. Pop colors (or lack thereof) consisted of green and soft pink.

Models wore their hair natural with a bit of wave. Eyes were adorned with black eyeliner and silver faux eyelashes on the bottom lashes only.

On a side note: I’m not so sure I quite understand the all-over print bodysuits. It would truly take the right person (size zero to be specific) to wear that look without appearing to be openly auditioning for the circus.

Overall, I loved it. You can't go wrong with Chanel, even if you can only afford the perfume!

To view the full collection, visit

Photo Credit: Monica Feudi & Gianni Pucci for


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