For Spring 2009, Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by a painting by Marie Laurencin, a 20th century avant-garde artist who dated the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, was part of Pablo Picasso's circle, and once painted Coco Chanel in the 1920s (below...which a testy Mademoiselle apparently rejected because it didn't look enough like her).
As part of the bohemian feel of the collection, Lagerfeld sent a stylish minstrel down the runway in a vision of floor-length flamenco ruffles, a Chanel-branded guitar slung over her shoulder. And what better excuse could there ever be to learn an instrument than that it's from Chanel?
- Lesley Scott
(images: Chanel Spring 2009 runway - style.com; Marie Laurencin "Portrait of Mademoiselle Chanel, 1923" - The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Australia)
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