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Paris Couture: Chanel, Givenchy

Karl Lagerfeld’s’ 54th collection for Chanel couture showed no sign of fatigue with a beautiful array of cocktail dresses and twin sets in an ice-cream palette sweetening the catwalk.

Gone for now was Chanel’s signature monochrome, and in its place came ruffles, layered skirts, pea coats and twin sets reminiscent of a modern-day Jackie Onassis.

The collection had enough frivolity to keep the new Chanel generation happy, whilst maintaining the timeless appeal for which the fashion house is famed.

Sugary sweet pastels had a fresh allure alongside metallic finishes and accessories. The quintessential Chanel pearl featured not as a necklace, but was updated as a pearl stud on futuristic silver boots.

A strong 1960s prom-inspired silhouettes in candy floss shades will filter through to the high street as a commercial trend.

In addition, the abundance of lace and silk satin alongside metallic finishes on clothing and footwear are also ripe for high street translation.

It is difficult to pin point what Givenchy was toying with for spring 10 as a monochrome palette littered with emerald green and royal purple set the scene at a somewhat disjointed Givenchy Couture show.

From structure to fluidity and from sequins to feathers at times the show seemed contradictory and over the top.

Tailoring was a highlight, most notably dinner suits and the use of feathered boleros and ruffled skirts will also have commercial appeal.

Click here to view the collections from Paris Couture

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