In 2009, Karl Lagerfeld said this about the recession:
'Bling is over. Red carpetry covered with rhinestones is out. I call it the new modesty.'
Some might say on first glance then that Chanel couture collection for Autumn/Winter seemingly belied this statement as it could only be summed up in one word: Decadent. Oversize bejewelled cuffs adorned the model's wrists and the collection was heavily embellished with fur and jewels.
Despite this however the collection was far from bling, nor was it modest. It was opulent, certainly, but at the same time supremely elegant. Coats with bracelet sleeves and midi-length hemlines invoked a glamour that was refined; more belle epoque than modern. Black and jewel like tones of gold and ruby exacerbated the sumptuousness and richness of the collection.
All in all it was classic Chanel and classic Karl: oh so modern; but exquisitely timeless.
Image Source: vogue.co.uk