>> Karl Lagerfeld recently proclaimed "bling is over. I call it 'the new modesty.'" His Chanel couture collection was certainly pared down compared to seasons past, from the smaller venue to the colorless palette and egalitarian inspiration: paper. Appearances may be deceiving, however; Karl still has no financial constraints at Chanel: "We have no budget, we do what we want and throwing money out the window brings money back in through the front door. The bottom line is that I don’t deal with the bottom line."
The couture collection is still, in his words, "for the very rich" — "not for the nouveau riche." And as for the change of venue from the usual imposing Grand Palais to a smaller former bank near the house's headquarters — the switch was only made because the Palais was unavailable, not for budgetary reasons. They must be doing something right — girls are already falling all over the clothes; literally, in the case of Alexandra Tomlinson, who took a tumble on the Chanel runway.