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PFW Spring 2014: A Chanel masterclass with Karl!

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PFW Spring 2014: A Chanel masterclass with Karl!

1_carachanelspring2014Cara Delevingne hits the Chanel Spring 2014 runway. Photo courtesy of Imaxtree.com.

This is the first Chanel show that I’ve been to where the runway set in the Grand Palais drew more attention than the assembled Karl devotees who typically arrive to the show layered—and I mean layered—in Chanel finery. They were clearly primed for their close-ups, but today everyone was clamouring to photograph the 75 art installations that Karl had created for the spring/summer 2014 Chanel Art collection. His paintings and sculptures referenced the house’s iconic logo, fragrances, tweeds—and of course, the grand lady herself—Coco. People were tripping over each other’s pumps to snag selfies in front of the pop-art themed exhibit. My personal favourites were the silhouettes of Coco and the classic Chanel suit. How did Karl translate his vision into art? Click through to see... art-open-300x300 Collage of shots taken by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel Art spring/summer 2014 collection. art coco art jacket Karl carried his art-inspired mindset onto the runway presenting a posh art-school chic collection, complete with paint-swatch fabrics all to the brilliant beat of Jay Z’s “Picasso, Baby.” The makeup look echoed the artsy theme with its vibrant swaths of colour across the eyes. At first I thought the wigged out hair resembled the tortured looks I created on my Barbie dolls as a girl, but then I realized that Sam McKnight had brilliantly flayed out the model's hair so that it looked like a well-worn brush. Just as the hula-hoop bag defined Karl’s last spring/summer collection, I predict his leather Chanel art portfolio case will be this season’s most photographed accessory. Iconic and ironic: pure genius!

The hair and makeup look at Chanel spring/summer 2014.

The hair and makeup look at Chanel spring/summer 2014.

Here are a few more of my favourite pieces from Karl's pop-up art gallery. art lip logoart perfume ccart perfume

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