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STYLE

Chanel takes on a modern edge with sporty shapes, funky fabrics

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  • The "Look of Chanel"

    February 8, 1999
    Web posted at: 3:35 p.m. EST (1235 GMT)

    From Style Correspondent Elsa Klensch

    PARIS (CNN) -- Karl Lagerfeld has taken the House that Coco built in a new direction with his spring/summer collection, replacing the legendary Chanel suit with sporty new shapes and using materials with a modern edge.

    Lagerfeld shows the Chanel suit with short, body-conscious jackets -- or jackets that are boxy and without structure.

    "It's relaxed, without stiff sophistication, an image of glamour from another decade," the designer said.

    They may be like something from another decade, but the suits and skirts are made of a modern fabric: Lycra, that clingy stuff used in bathing suits.

    Lagerfeld's accessories also take on a modern edge: The chain used in the 2005, the Chanel summer handbag, is repeated in belts, and jewelry is made of brushed aluminum. Opalescent flat shoes are inspired by Formula One racing cars.

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    "We started a shape and we have to continue it also in shoes, in jewelry in everything, because things have to be current," Lagerfeld said.

    However, the designer says it's the fabrics that take center stage in this production.

    "There are more technicolors... grayish silvers and goldish yellows and pink. There are also a lot of earth tones, but mixed with purples and browns and things like this," he said.

    The collection includes what Lagerfeld calls the trompe l'oeil ("deceive the eye") effect, with pleated skirts that appear to be pants. There are also prints -- abstract patterns on embroidery and caligraphic patterns.

    "There is a softer, romantic tough by some of the prints and by the colors. It's not harsh. Some is body-conscious. Some is completely fluid, " Lagerfeld said.



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