The collections of Karl Lagerfeld have made headlines and dictated trends in the world of fashion ever since his first show for Chanel in 1983. This superbly illustrated and lavishly produced publication—with real cloth binding, irridescent foil stamping, and ribbons for bookmarking your favorite pages—depicts every Chanel collection created by Lagerfeld (more than 150 in all), providing a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world’s most influential fashion brands and discover some rarely seen collections.
Chanel opens with a brief history and analysis of the House of Chanel from its creation to the present, followed by a biographical profile of Karl Lagerfeld. The collections are explored chronologically with short texts that highlight each collection’s influences and iconic looks, revealing Lagerfeld’s inspired reinvention of classic Chanel style elements from season to season. Each collection is illustrated with a carefully curated selection of catwalk images, showcasing hundreds of spectacular clothes, from luxurious haute couture to trendsetting ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty looks, and set designs. Moreover, top fashion models are featured, including Cara Delevingne, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, and Claudia Schiffer. The runway photographs offer a rare glimpse of the original styling from head to toe, and make this book a valuable resource for Chanel connoisseurs. A rich reference section concludes this essential publication for all fashionistas, designers, and admirers of Chanel.