After the spectacles of both the Spring 11 and Fall 10 collections (remember the ice sculptures), it was a nurturing surprise to see Largerfeld showcasing Chanel's Pre Fall 11 collection on the 2nd floor of the Rue Cambon store. True to the original showing when Coco was at the helm, 136 fashionistas claimed their cushioned seats to watch the Byzantium inspired show.
Black and white, works on the traditional Chanel suit, and heaps of gold exuberance completed the 67 look collection, featuring both women's and men's wear. Flat sandals, knee length white boots, and patterned tights entertained the legs, whereas gold headbands decorated the heads of the models. Knitwear gave a contrast to the traditional spring/summer collections, as did the extended velet boot- modeled on the foot as a court shoe then grows up the leg- in opulent royal colours. There was no denying the Eygptian influence, as Lagerfeld clashed dark turquoise velvet with gold fastenings and adornments. the influence came via Coco's Byzantine-inspired Gripoix jewelry, which is instantly recognizable even today. Despite the opulance there was a sense of sixties bohemia with pea coats and shift shapes.
Largerfeld manages to stay true to Chanel, yet make it completely original and stunning to look at.