Paris Fashion Week A/W 2008-9: Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld kept to a moody palette of black, white and navy at his Paris Fashion Week show. Long tuxedo jackets met full, pleated skirts, while black cuffs and fishnet gloves created interesting details. The harsh angular cuts were balanced out with rounded shoulderlines, while fur boleros went some way towards softening the stark looks. Bottom halves were kept simple and sleek, with demure flared trousers or sheer black tights, paired with black patent flat oxfords.
Everything just seemed very cold: the sequin and crystal embellishments worked with the bow ties and crisp textiles to create an sense of dark haughtiness, while straight, ironed hair and smoking eyes gave the models a stiff, formal air.
While the looks were polished and simple, I'm finding it quite hard to be excited by the collection. Aside from the rather pretty marble-dyed coat and leather accented coats, as classic the cuts and colours are, and the immense wearability aside, there just doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary. While he didn't go out of his way to generate controversy, Lagerfeld's collection just won't generate as much hype or conversation as his more daring peers.