A celebration of contrasts

Chanel showcased new proportions with plenty ofembellishment ... and, of course, the classic look of thehouse for its Autumn-Winter 2006-07 ready-to-wearcollection, reports DZIREENA MAHADZIR 

Floor-sweeping skirt withruffled blouse and jacket.

WHEN you’ve got a signature look that’s been around forever – for Chanel, it’s the tweed jacket – how do you reinvent it every season? Well, if you’re Karl Lagerfeld, you inject it with fun and spontaneity.  

The newly proportioned short tweed suit is the perfect alternative for those who want to wear Chanel with a youthful twist. In the Autumn-Winter 2006-07 collection, Lagerfeld paired it with the spectator boots first shown in the Spring-Summer couture collection. 

These boots showed up several times worn with short shifts, little black dresses and mini skirts. The swinging minis paired with blouses with ruffles or bows were given added glamour with bejewelled buckles and brooches.  

There were also accessories like long chain necklaces with the double C logo or pearls, and heavy cuff bracelets or a stack of skinny ones. 

Lagerfeld said everything in this collection is focused on the legs and “the skirt must be very short or very long, never in between two lengths”. This explains the short, short skirts. And, yes, floor-length, sweeping skirts were on display, too, and a combination of ruffles and hip length jackets gave them a somewhat Edwardian look. 

Apart from the spectator boots, there were also the monochrome python thigh-high boots to balance the long and short. 

Other looks included long tweed jackets or floor length jackets with short, short skirts or long skirts with short jackets for contrast.  

There were several lovely notable pieces – muslin or silk shirt dresses, cashmere cardigans and a cape-jacket stitched with knit camellias and the short quilted silk slip. 

Strikingevening dressworn withspectatorboots.

The little black dresses, always Chanel’s forte, also had a new image: They were sophisticated with moiré silk, asymmetric muslin or tulle sequinned negligés and Chantilly lace flounces. There was also multicoloured embroidery inspired by Medieval stained glass windows and Gothic rose windows. 

For evening, lace or satin pyjama pants were worn with long, ethereal embroidered or pin-tucked gowns. The dancing dresses, fitted frock coats and gowns were particularly striking with their tulle and satin ribbon flounces with appliqué crystals and beads. 

While the collection was predominantly in black and white, there were subtle touches of rose and beige seen here and there and the overall classic Chanel look was very much in evidence from the colours, detailing, textures and materials. 

Finally, there is this bag I just have to tell you about. It’s very un-Chanel and looks somewhat like an unstructured large patent laundry bag, but no doubt it’ll fly off the shelves as oversized bags are the big thing this season.  


  • The Chanel Autumn-Winter 2006-07 collection is available exclusively at the Chanel boutique, Suria KLCC. 

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