Although this Chanel Haute Couture collection seemed to be so much about a ‘Lacroixian’ flounce, it was also about tailoring and more specifically the shoulders. Each painstakingly worked and embroidered tweed suit, a Chanel staple, seemed to have a different shoulder shape, a feature that was carried on into much of the ‘flou’ or dress making as well.
About a week ago, John Galliano did an interview at the British Vogue Festival where he talked about his first two collections for Maison Margiela (S/S15 ‘Artisanal’ and A/W15 RTW). What interested me most about what he talked about was the way the Haute Couture or ‘Artisanal’ collection influenced and informed what he did for the following ready to wear show. The example he used, that also inspired me the most and was possibly my favourite part of the talk, was when he showed that the last look from his first Artisanal collection was actually a men’s tailored jacket, where the lining had been taken out and draped to create the dress.