Chanel Fall 2008
By G J Donnelly February 29,2008
Like the Eiffel Tower and Laduree’s pastel macaroons, carousels have long served as most endearing symbols of picturesque Paris. It made sense then, that Karl Lagerfeld would opt for a merry-go-round as the focal point for today’s Chanel show, as for many, the house embodies the French fashion’s joie de vie.
For fall, Lagerfeld circled around the label’s most familiar motifs—tweedy suits, hearty embellishments, piles of lace and a few froufy bows—but much to the dismay of the 2.5-toting crowd, nary a handbag surfaced on the runway. Now at the tail end of the various fashion weeks, there’s been more than a few declarations made in industry circles that accessories are on their way out, and sculptural, challenging silhouettes have arrived to take their place. That Chanel—the house that invented It-bags long before the starlets who now sport them were even born—shares in this anti-trend is telling indeed. So accessory fiends, be patient: As Chanel’s carousel reminds us, what goes around comes around—uber-clutches, totes, and bags will be back again soon, maybe even next season.
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