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Saturday, October 6, 2007

What So Proudly We Hail

Carolina Overmeer reports...

Isabelle Adjani, Claudia Schiffer, Lily Allen, Kirsten Dunst and Courtney Love were among the stars who came out to see the Chanel show yesterday morning, in step with the stars-and-stripes theme of the collection. With so much wattage, buyers and press would barely have had seats if the arena at the Grand Palais weren't so huge. Bigger still was the number of trends Karl Lagerfeld presented in the sportswear-inspired spring collection (not to mention the enormous and distracting black lace-covered block occupying most of the square catwalk, where models would enter and exit). Called Nights of Summer, the show started with a spectacular array of denims, followed by an homage to the American flag with swimwear, baggy pants, red-and-white striped jackets and chiffon star-printed jumpsuits (which seem to be everywhere this season). Especially clever were ankle bracelets cinching wide legs; those who've seen the new public bicycles in Paris know how useful they will be next summer. Less successful were chains and grommets, perhaps inspired by sailing, that seemed heavy on otherwise beautiful dresses. As always, the best part of a Chanel collection are the elegant, if safe, pieces. Here, they came as plain white looks, particularly a trench dress, and evening pieces in organza (Prada, Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander also employed the sheer fabric), worn with large pearl earrings. In all, no big trend-setting, but plenty to get patriotic about.