In 1999, Karl Lagerfeld's collection for Chanel Haute Couture was all simplicity and softness, free of the heavy embellishment I've come to associate with his more recent work.
I love the washed-out colours, reminds me of a Donna Karan campaign I love, seen here. It reminds of a lazy warm afternoon, when everything is sensed rather than felt.
It also fascinates me to compare this collection to the current Chanel collections, which sometimes border almost on kitsch. Not to say I don't like Chanel kitsch, but I like that even though there are few of the recognisable codes of Chanel here (pearls, cameillas), I feel the spirit of Coco Chanel, the woman who donned men's pajamas, somewhere in there.
Images from tfs