Saks at the Shows: CHANEL Spring 2015

Karl Lagerfeld stages a feminine protest at the Grand Palais for his latest for CHANEL.

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Karl Lagerfeld Orchestrates a Grand Demonstration in True Fashionable Form

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The eve of a CHANEL show, whether it be resort, haute couture or ready-to-wear, is always a fun mind-scramble. You can’t help but flex a bit of imaginative muscle before Karl Lagerfeld presents at the Grand Palais – cooking up ideas of your own on what he’s going to pull off this time.

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Chanel-SS15-PFW-Karl

Karl Lagerfeld Orchestrates a Grand Demonstration in True Fashionable Form

Chanel-SS15-RTW-PFW-Jamie-Bochert-Nadja-Bender

The eve of a CHANEL show, whether it be resort, haute couture or ready-to-wear, is always a fun mind-scramble. You can’t help but flex a bit of imaginative muscle before Karl Lagerfeld presents at the Grand Palais – cooking up ideas of your own on what he’s going to pull off this time.

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For Spring, he rocked the house. He wanted his idyllic CHANEL girls to get up in arms. The student, the executive, the banker, the socialite – they all have one thing in common – well, they’re women of course, and its time to rally. So Mr. Lagerfeld staged another one of his elaborate coups, this time in the form of a feminine protest on Boulevard CHANEL.

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“Be Your Own Stylist”. “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too”. “Make Fashion Not War”. This is fashion, by way of Karl Lagerfeld, so when he stages a protest, you need to look at the message within the clothing. There was both fun and empowerment in equal measures here. Just consider the ebullient grandeur of the opening suited look with the lacquered banker pinstripes later in the show.

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As is wont to happen at CHANEL, the accessories were just as covet-worthy as the clothes. There were beautiful sheer gold tights that looked like fairy dust, matched with black and gold oxford with cut-outs and an ankle-strap, whistle necklaces (to rally the masses, no doubt) dyed hippie messenger bags and briefcases, and hands down the coolest eyewear of the season – aviators done the CHANEL way.

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Variegated Floral Bouquets

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The Women of Wall Street

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There were some surprise faces among Mr. Lagerfeld’s roving army of model protestors at the ready-to-wear show – legendary English model Kirsten Owen looked chic and cool in her coat and shorts ensemble, while Gisele Bundchen was the very image of ageless beauty in a tan and white stripe cardigan dress. Both models were spared the albeit fierce makeup treatment, and walked out for their walks bare-faced. That’s feminine power for you.

Let your feminine spirit break free with a little help from CHANEL.

CHANEL Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear Lookbook Photos by Karl Lagerfeld


Hot Property

The St. Regis is bringing its luxe touch to South Beach

There’s no shortage of chic hotels in Miami Beach, but the soon-to-open St. Regis in Bal Harbour opening on January 19 has what is arguably the city’s most fashionable address: oceanfront on Collins Avenue, directly across from the Shops at Bal Harbour, a shopping mecca filled with Saks, Lanvin, Chanel, Celine, Prada. The Yabu Pushelberg -designed property winks at Miami’s Rat Pack heyday, with oversized raw rock crystal chandeliers in the entryway and citrine-colored walls in the Remedè Spa. But, at its core, the experience is all about modern, relaxed luxury, with extra-large rooms (all with terraces and ocean views) and poolside cabanas that are more like mini-apartments than a quick place to cool
down. And, after a day of swimming, sunning, or shopping, there’s the restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten — an ideal hotspot for a leisurely dinner (even if you’re staying farther down in South Beach) or small plates and cocktails with friends.

There’s no shortage of chic hotels in Miami Beach, but the soon-to-open St. Regis in Bal Harbour opening on January 19 has what is arguably the city’s most fashionable address: oceanfront on Collins Avenue, directly across from the Shops at Bal Harbour, a shopping mecca filled with Saks, Lanvin, Chanel, Celine, Prada. The Yabu Pushelberg -designed property winks at Miami’s Rat Pack heyday, with oversized raw rock crystal chandeliers in the entryway and citrine-colored walls in the Remedè Spa. But, at its core, the experience is all about modern, relaxed luxury, with extra-large rooms (all with terraces and ocean views) and poolside cabanas that are more like mini-apartments than a quick place to cool
down. And, after a day of swimming, sunning, or shopping, there’s the restaurant helmed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten — an ideal hotspot for a leisurely dinner (even if you’re staying farther down in South Beach) or small plates and cocktails with friends.