Two of the most influential design houses Chanel and Alexander McQueen have a flirtation with the underwater world for spring 12.
There was a lot of underwater loving going on at Chanel with shells, pearls and netting equating to a heavily sea themed show. Texture was important with feathered skirts and ruffled layers reminiscent of underwater coral. Volume was added to shoulders and structured sleeves all in paler than pale pastels and mother of pearl shades in addition to iridescent blues and greens. Some of the more casual pieces included the bold graphic lined jumpers, and sports luxe came through in long length skirts with drawstring waists. Highlights included the iridescent boxy jackets and high shine reworked macs along with the structured hip feathered dresses.
Sarah Burton creative director of Alexander McQueen was also influenced by underwater antics, setting it up to be a strong trend for spring 12. Pencil skirts had peplum hems that Burton wanted to move as if like jellyfish. Peplums also trimmed jackets and again we saw texture in the form of ruffled and layered fabrics. Shoulders of jackets had the typical McQueen handwriting, structured but with rounded edges. Laser cut leather toughened up the collection in an overall palette of white, apricot , gold and black.
Louis Vuitton closes Paris Fashion Week this morning, see Drapers online coverage tomorrow and full round up in next week’s issue.