Lagerfeld suggests travelers dress up


NEW YORK (AP) French fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is planting a seed in the minds of soon-to-be holiday travelers: Dress up.

Lagerfeld packed his own (many) trunks and arrived in Manhattan for two special fashion shows of the houses Paris-New York Collection one show was for the fashion press, the other for celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Claire Danes and Ashley Olsen.

The Chanel boutique was decorated with vintage luggage tags and airmail stamps, and the models had their hair styled in wavy bobs and wore bright red matte lipstick. Other 1940s touches were round-toe shoes, fur hats and, gasp, dark panty hose.

The clothes were chic, feminine and classic Chanel and without any hints of outrageousness that Lagerfeld sometimes uses in an attempt to move the iconic brand forward. Almost every look was black or white, with occasional flashes of gold or silver.

An outstanding black skirt suit featured quilting just like the Chanels signature handbags and a white bow tie at the neck, while a check-pattern pantsuit had fringe at the trousers hemline. That was paired with a pleated white blouse.

A jeweled leather jacket in winter white had puffed sleeves; a sportier take was a leather ski jacket.

Dressier styles included a black ruffled halter top with separate sleeves and a striped knit skirt, a white turtleneck knit dress with ruffle trim and vertical ribbing at the waist and hemline, and several tuxedo-style suits. There also was sheer, pleated, ankle-length dress in gold lame and a trench coat-inspired black dress with tulle trim.

Some of the skirts and dresses were worn with jersey skinny pants underneath.

Coco Chanel was the ultimate sophisticate and Karl is saying that grooming, glossing and impeccability are back, said Andre Leon Talley, Vogues editor at large.

It both was elegant and youthful.

Talley recalled a conversation he once had with Lee Radziwill. She said that back in the 60s, she and her sister Jackie Kennedy would go to the hairdresser right before they ever boarded a plane.

Karl wants to bring back the attitude that we dress up for everything, Talley said.

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