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Marie Antoinette Meets Wham in Chanel Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2014


ChanelKarl Lagerfeld presented his autumn/winter 2014 collection during the Paris Couture Fashion Week and even if it shows Marie Antoinette and Wham themes, it was still very chic and was one of the most pared-back ever.

We may have reached peak beard, but in the 1980s, it was the hair, though it wasn’t called peak hair back then. Hair in the 80s was quite peaky with the mousse and the gel whipping it up to its formation and making it stay that way for a very long time. You can also remember the back to front Baker Boy caps worn by boy bands and their fans in the 80s.

The wardrobe in the Chanel Haute Couture autumn/winter 2014 was centered on 80s boy band, like Wham or Depeche Mode. It seems to be a not so promising start, but surprisingly, it worked along with classy special effects.

chanelbagAPThose spiky formations on the hair made the catwalk’s icy whites more cheerful. While the 80s messenger bag, which was somehow omnipresent, never fail to bring quality beauty to the designs. These 80s references were mixed with designs that may fit perfectly with Marie Antoinette as the designer threw in some silver embroidery and some jewels on the wardrobe making it look like a Chanel 2.55 without the quilt. That outfit is probably the most 80s looking design in the show, besides the cycling shorts.

Chanel2Marie Antoinette had big and quite peaky hair. It is amazing considering that it was still the 1780s and mousse and hair spray still weren’t available in that era. That hair is combined with full skirts that were stiff, knee length or ballerina, complemented with flat flip-flops and black silk ribbons tied on the ankle.

These were the designs in the start of the show, and it is easy to notice that Karl Lagerfeld tried to pull of a combination of Antoinette and 80s boy band look.

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