Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Chanel embraces pastels and (more surprisingly) Lady Gaga

Chanel‘s S/S 2010 couture show was a mélange of traditional Chanel suiting (with a twist – shorts instead of pencil skirt, and I quite love it), flowing grecian influences, pastels (they are not going anywhere fast, so I must break …

Fri, Jan 29, 2010, 14:15

   

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Chanel‘s S/S 2010 couture show was a mélange of traditional Chanel suiting (with a twist – shorts instead of pencil skirt, and I quite love it), flowing grecian influences, pastels (they are not going anywhere fast, so I must break out the St Tropez pronto) and Lady Gaga-influenced hair.There’s nothing at all surprising about the collection, although there are various pieces that are attractive. The shoes, for example, are fairly incredible; the shiny tights have tricked me into thinking that’s the secret to thin legs (nothing to do with the models wearing them); overall, the oddly sweet-shop aftertaste of the collection is making me feel a little like eating candyfloss, or getting a poodle, and I’m not sure which creeps me out more, as I hate both candyfloss and poodles.

But I’ll admit it: I’ve never been a true Chanel devotee. Sure, I’d wear a bag if somebody bought it for me, but the tweed suits and the rigid, ladylike forms are not for me. (Probably literally, as Karl, he does not like the fatties.) So what say you? Would you? Should we? Will it be a hit? And who will turn up to the Oscars in Chanel? (My money might be on Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and / or Cate Blanchett – but I’m not a gambling woman, and with good reason; I may just have jinxed all three of those predictions by uttering them aloud.)

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Oh, and for the laugh, can you think of a man who could be convinced to take part in this visual delight?

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