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est. 2007

Wee couture finds: Chanel

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I'm just catching up on this week's couture shows on Style.com, and was wondering if we could take a moment to appreciate the genius that is Karl Lagerfeld. (But really? I'm just looking for a good excuse to post these incredible pics from the Chanel 2009 Spring/Summer haute couture show…)

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I do love the graphic simplicity of an all-white collection, except Lagerfeld's pieces were anything BUT graphically simple. At a closer glance, the most streamlined and simplistic designs featured embroidered, lace, appliqued and beaded embellishments with the most incredible attention to detail. (And have I told you how much I adore pleated chiffon?)

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And the exquisitely-crafted white paper headdresses by Katsuya Kamo sent me into a dozen different daydreams about alternate bridal headgear. If I had my time again I'd love to get hold of one of these seriously dramatic numbers.

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And this one looks like it's a creation straight out of that iconic scene from Antonioni's Blow Up

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I'm also inspired by the super-pretty peaches-and-cream make-up, which is toughened ever-so-slightly with a subtle-yet-dramatic flick of black eyeliner. The use of thematic white eyeliner and white shadow also provides a nice contrast to the black liner. It's an easy look to play up or down on a night out – or indeed, your wedding day.

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p.s. LOVING these white mesh leather driving gloves…
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All images from Style.com.
  • http://www.thulathula.blogspot.com Naomi

    I watched this show here, I loved some of his geometric shaped pieces in black and white. The square shape of the jackets…to dream of a piece like this in my wardrobe.

  • http://www.deliciousindustries.blogspot.com Delicious Industries

    Ooh – white nail polish! That brings back memories of being very bored in science lessons at high school and painting my nails with Tippex (liquid paper)!

  • http://gugaw.blogspot.com GUGAW

    soooo gorgeous, love how the white actually highlights all the stunning detail

  • http://makedostyle.blogspot.com Make Do Style

    I was gobsmacked by the collection – and also Gaultiers!

  • http://libertylondongirl.blogspot.com/ Liberty London Girl

    Ravishing headpieces! LLGxx

  • http://hammie-hammiesays.blogspot.com hammiesays

    The first ones remind me of spanish communion dresses, and a little bit of Bonboniere; those little baskets that italians put on the tables at, well, weddings!
    xx

  • http://brownbutton.blogspot.com Kimberlee

    oh wow. all beauitful, outfits, head stuff (so classy, aren’t i?!) and makeup. Thanks for picking the best bits to share. x
    (attempted to leave a comment about the gorgeous leather goods shop but not sure it worked, by computer is seriously playing up at the moment) x

  • http://www.thedomesticfringe.wordpress.com the domestic fringe

    I can’t believe those headdresses are paper. Just amazing!
    -FringeGirl

  • http://www.thestorialist.blogspot.com The Storialist

    Yikes! These dresses are so fresh and beautiful! I love the rounded collars and polka dots.

  • http://www.chillichildren.org.uk jenny wren

    How lush! Makes me wanna get the scissors out and start cutting out some big white flowers. The wall in the back ground is inspiring too for a wedding don’t you think!?