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One Chanel Look, Three Ways

Chanel's "Front Row Only" and the beauty of Tokyo's Meiji Shrine? We have a match.
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These days, it’s all about taking something from the runway and making it your own. A top-to-toe runway look can be iconic and impactful, but the magic really happens when you take the look apart and figure out the 101 ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection – i.e. the “Front Row Only” one – was very Chanel. Well, most Chanel collections are, but this time, it was really about going back to what the house does best and super-sizing them for all to see – plenty of tweed skirt suits, pearls, quilting, little flat-top hats, black-and-white dresses, etcetera etcetera. You could take all these looks apart, look at them piece by piece without the label, and still be able to tell that it’s all Chanel. Each piece stands on its own.

We decided to conduct a little experiment during our recent visit to Tokyo. The subject? A red-and-white tweed skirt suit from the Fall/Winter 2016 collection. The setting? The beautiful Meiji Shrine. At the famed wall of sake barrels, I paired the full look with a pair of rather sensual knee-high sock boots. (Does the red-and-white theme match incredibly well with the surrounding ambience or what?)

Then, like an onion, we started peeling off the layers. The jacket was dropped and the black date-night boots were swapped for daytime sneakers. The bag, worn in the first look as a cross-body, is now a clutch. (Again, do the checks match the lamppost or what?!) Finally, we arrive at the wishing wall. The jacket is back on again, but everything else is casual to a T – a t-shirt, a pair of vintage denims and a hat. You can’t see it, but I paired it with slip-ons, my ultimate lazy day shoe.

The concluding observation from the experiment? One look = 2343245 looks.

 

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