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28 February 2019

Chanel FW 2018/2019 Haute Couture (He Cong & Adut Akech)

I immediately fell in love with this season's Chanel Haute Couture Collection when I saw the thigh and seemingly waist-high split as a re-occurring feature of many of the outfits with matching mini-skirts visible underneath. Upon further inspection, this actually converts the outfit into a multi-functional piece transitioned into with the help of a fashionable zipper. It is rare for me to adore every single look featured in a runway presentation. However, absolutely every look of this show is top-notch!

The first model that stands out as having just an overall complete and balanced look is the Chinese model He Cong. Normally I am scanning the runway to see if I can spot the Victoria Secret models that are frequently used in the high-end designer world. But this time, Chanel did not need to use this strategy to bring dazzle to the show. The clothing for this collection is brilliantly designed and stands on its own merit as exceptional fashion of the moment. He Cong is not Liu Wen, Sui He or Ming Xi (popular Victoria's Secret Chinese models) ... but she is just as beautiful and looks great adorned in the grey Chanel suit with the sequined embellished high neck inset with matching mini-skirt seen through the side split. The grey ankle boots completes this look and the David Bowie inspired hair style gives the look that extra pizzazz helping to bring a subtle rocker-edge to the fashion to help appeal to a wider more modern audience while still staying true to the conservatism that will always be Chanel's signature fashion concept.

Another model who stood out in this season's fashion runway show was Australian model Adut Akech of African ancestry born in South Sudan and raised in Kenya. She has a very ebony skin complexion that beautifully showcases the soft, pastel celadon (or pale verdigris) color of the tweed. This Chanel Haute Couture bridal gown includes a matching feather headpiece and veil. The sequin detailing is simply breathtaking in the front of the jacket with further detailing along the hem, collar and down the entire length of the shoulders extending down to the arms and wrists. Being able to see the luxurious satin material of the skirt lining through the opening of the thigh-high side split adds a definite sexy flair designed with the ultimate level of sophistication. The color chosen for this bridal attire closely resembles the beautiful shade of celadon that seems vintage and classic and has been re-introduced in retro furnishings and decor recently. So fresh to have this beautiful color make such a bold, fashion statement on this Chanel Haute Couture runway and in the show's set design as well.

Head fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld along with studio director Virginie Viard presents a beautiful collection for the Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Haute Couture season. With a collection such as this one, it is no wonder that Virginie Viard has succeeded Karl Lagerfeld as the new head designer since his recent death on February 19, 2019. I am anxious to see what the future holds for the design house of Chanel! We will miss you, Karl Lagerfeld ... 36 years as head designer of the Chanel Brand ... what a legacy!

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