Fashions come and fashions go -- but Paris reigns supreme as the fountain-head for inspiration and style affecting women throughout the world.
Fashions come and fashions go -- but Paris reigns supreme as the fountain-head for inspiration and style affecting women throughout the world. So too, it would seem, does the house of Chanel. Its founder -- the legendary Coco -- is dead, but her spirit still thrives. For this year's spring and summer haute couture offerings. Chanel designers, Jean Cazaubon and Yvonne Dudel, have followed faithfully in their mistress' footsteps.
SYNOPSIS: The designers took the nautical look as their theme for daytime wear, but without sacrificing the subtle femininity that has been the Chanel hallmark for so long. Here the model wears a snappy tweed coat over a red printed crepe-de-chine dress .. colours this year are focused on discreet combinations of red, white and blue.
Again a strong nautical flavour, but the trend towards a more elongated look is in evidence and the boyish appeal of the coast is offset against the flowing lines of the dress, which is again made of crepe-de-chine. Chanel say there's only one length to be considered this year and that's just below the knee. For the many women who have felt vaguely resentful about hiding their legs for so long, this must be good news indeed.
Even for evening there's a scent of the sea at Chanel -- and strong indications of a love affair with crepe-de-chine. But this can't be bad news either, because it clings in all the right places and moves very nicely. There's also a Thirties feel, but the retro-gressive look stops well short of detailed reproduction -- shoulder pads are banned and waistlines are not exaggerated.
The Thirties look again - but its hard to imagine how this particular ensemble could be translated into chain store fashion. However, the style-conscious young of today often create their own look from bits and pieces bought in street markets and jumble sales, rather than shopping to put a specific outfit together.