Hmmm ... my first reaction after seeing the Chanel Couture collection for Fall 2008 was, "Blah, blah, blah!" BUT, after taking another look at all the pieces, I realized it wasn't the fashion I was uninspired by, it was the styling of the models' hair. Petty? Perhaps. Now, I usually don't have an objection to the sleek bob, but in seeing model after model with the same 'do' it just became monotonous. For me the styling just didn't "fit" with the clothing; it almost takes away from the beauty of the pieces themselves, and that's a shame. The collection is quite exquisite - well, some of the pieces are, the longer dresses in particular (like the one above).
Here's what Sarah Mower of Style has to say about the collection: What proceeded, inevitably enough, was a virtuoso fugue in tubular cutting, played up, down, and across every possible scale in Chanel's suiting, embroideries, chiffon, and eveningwear. From the beginning, the clothes took on curvilinear volumes, starting with gray-flecked, cocoonlike car coats over short skirts and trompe l'oeil tweed "suits" with belled skirts, which on closer inspection were actually one-piece coat-dresses. The general impression was of a collection that had changed key from last season's girlishness to something tuned more to a winter-weight, grown-up frequency. Still, the delight was all in the more light-fingered treatments: delicate fronds of ostrich fringe on a micro-beaded suit, or silvery zigzag embroidery on an intensely sequined belted dress. Couture at this supreme level only gets more incredible the closer you get to it.
Models (L-R, T-B) Angelika Kocheva, Lindsay Ellingson, Natasha Poly, Lee Hyun, Vlada Roslyakova, Jules Mordovets, Elsa Sylvan, Heidi Mount