by Adriana Zingone
Chanel: six letters, two syllables emblazoned on looks. Split in two, Chanel sets the rhythm for the Spring Summer 2019 collection.
The House emblem is revisited, switched up and celebrated in the nonchalant spirit of the collection. “CHA” on one side, “NEL” on the other: from asymmetry, movement is born. A name reprised like a motif on fingerless gloves, straw caps, transparent mules, earrings, belts and other accessories of the season.
Double visor caps and wide-brimmed hats in fringed straw are sported, along with layers of sautoirs, pendants and beaded necklaces, while the XXL cuff bracelets multiply. A sense of relaxation is accentuated by the mules with a small plexiglass heel or on a cork sole.The 11.12 bags are dressed in tweed and braid, or with parasol embroidery. The Boy Chanel is back as a saddlebag in leather and tweed patchwork. Other bags called “side packs”, are carried in duo, crossing over each hip introducing a new way of being worn.
The flap bags are in terrycloth or come with an XL bead handle. Large beach bags come in denim and straw, while the multicolour net bags and the leather and wicker camera cases complete the collection. Finally, the minaudières take shape as seashells or little beach balls.For Spring-Summer 2019, Karl Lagerfeld invites us to live out the summer months from morning to night, in complete freedom and sophistication.The show was applauded by the Chanel ambassadors Vanessa Paradis, Pharrell Williams, Caroline de Maigret, Soo Joo Park, Nana Komatsu, Alessandra Mastronardi, Gwei Lun Mei and Jennie Kim, the singers Jorja Smith, Ibeyi and Clara Luciani, as well as the actresses Mia Goth, Sylvia Hoeks, Sandra Ma and Jelly Lin.