Chanel, without a doubt, has created a few pieces here and there that I wholeheartedly will say I love, especially their necklaces. However, after seeing Chanel Fall 2014, I’m right back where I always end up after seeing most of their collections: thinking it is completely overrated. The brand’s ideals of focusing on simplicity and class are continuously noted. An endless number of quotes from Coco Chanel are posted by girls everywhere, despite that you most likely wouldn’t be hard-pressed to find photos of drunk-induced vomiting and too tight, form-fitting bandage dresses on that same social media page. The question is: do people love Chanel for what it shows every time with its collection, or do they love the glamorized messages associated with the word “Chanel”?
When I look at Chanel Fall 2014, I see recycled ideas, extreme unsuccessful attempts at producing something original, and disconnected looks coming down the runway. Tweed– been there, done that. It is undoubtedly a classic, but how it was utilized in the Fall 2014 collection is awkward and unflattering in both shape and colour. Lagerfeld went to very apparent and extreme attempts to step outside of normal Chanel boundaries with pieces such as sweats with holes in them and purses contained in egg cartons; however, such attempts to create something more original was poorly executed. When pop figures attempt to stay new by repeatedly changing their look, they’re scrutinized both in media and by people everywhere. The only way musicians typically remain both classic yet modern is by continuously evolving on the sound that granted them their claim to fame. Why is it not the same for fashion? Supposed fashion God or not, a bad and poorly styled look is a bad and poorly styled look.
At first, I questioned whether I was being too hard on the collections. However, then fellow tweeters such as @anthakingston and @ReadyDressedGo had tweeted of their negative opinions of Chanel 2014. Furthermore, I wanted more outside opinions. My sister is not involved within the fashion world whatsoever and thus did not have a personal bias as many do. After first informing her that the setting took place in a supermarket, her initial reaction when viewing the collection was, “Are we talking supermarket or super-center? Because that is f***!ng Walmart!” However, that wasn’t the last that she had to say on it. She further added, “Those patterns look like those sh!*** a$$ wallpapers that used to come with Windows 95.”
We further came to enter looks such as this:
My sister didn’t hesitate to comment that “it looks like one of those BDSM outfits; you’re just asking to get whipped wearing those.” One of her last comments on the collection came when more brighter looks came down the runway, specifically with this:
This particular look caused her to comment that “it looks like they’re trying to grow a flower garden on their boobs.”
Had viewers everywhere not been made aware of the fact that these outfits were Chanel, I’m inclined to believe that the entire collection would have been frowned upon. Beyond that, if someone were to see a person wearing these outfits without knowing it was done by Chanel, I believe that they would make a comment, and perhaps even snap a photo to upload to People of Walmart. Everything within fashion is judged until those that judge it are told by a “higher authority” that they should be wearing it.
When it comes to fashion, it is important to judge something upon the work itself and not on the label. If we have the freedom to dress how we wish when there are other cultures in which self-expression through fashion is oppressed, why follow the leader when you can be your own? Become your own leader and make your own decisions, for that is when you will become unstoppable.