The sneaker trend began early last year back when all the cool kids started buying and wearing their New Balance shoes and Nike trainers. It’s a trend that has seen quite the resurgence in recent months. And while others accustomed to wearing dress shoes and fancy stilettos may frown at the thought of pairing sneakers with formal wear like a dress or gown. Karl Lagerfeld did just that for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture show.
A first for the couture house, the boot-maker Massaro (one of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art ateliers) has for the first time produced sneakers for a Chanel Haute Couture show. Made in the finest materials such as lesage tweed, organza, lace and python leather, each pair is unique and matched with the look it is worn with. Some of these trainers are also embroidered which makes them much more than just your ordinary kicks.
Presenting a new attitude and modern way of dressing. There is a certain lightness and carefreeness to the show. The models look like pixies in their iridescent and sparkly ensembles as they coolly skipped down the stairway with their “Chariots of Fire” hairdo. Not to mention the incredible ease of movement brought about by the luxurious sneakers. The collection has such youthfulness and vitality, it completely unshackles whatever misconception people might have of the brand. That Chanel is only for older women.
Closing the show of course was effervescent model of the moment, Cara Delevingne. Cara who is every bit the boyish girl herself, walked in a straight cut, translucent dress of embroidered silver complete with sneakers and six-years old Hudson Kroenig in tow. What this represents is a marriage to boyish youthfulness. The boyish attitude that is the very spirit of Coco Chanel who in her 1908 love affair with Boy Capel is encapsulated in this last look.
What Lagerfeld did was he took sportswear and made it quintessentially Chanel. He made sneakers high fashion and gave it the Chanel stamp of approval.
Question is will we be seeing more of them boyish sneakers on the red carpet any time soon??? One things for sure, you need to book a whole runway look before you can even get that pair of couture trainers.
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