Sci-fi nuances continued. Again, I apologize for the utter nerdiness that is about to ensue but in all fairness, I initially took the past three days as stolen opportunity to wean off the after-effects of my previous Balenciaga post. All seemed successful until by sheer happenstance, I rediscovered Björk and shamefully fell into a self-induced coma of back-to-back TV marathons, medical dramas and alien flicks included. Clearly, both worked against me as evidenced by my absence. I did attempt one rom-com as a method of escaping my sci-fi rut but didn't find myself sufficiently satisfied. Sadly, I've grown immune to the power of Katherine Heigl. Today, however, I find myself a refreshed man and as such, I can assure you that this marks the last post in my futurist tantrum. At least a study of detail and landscape should prove to be an appropriate segue out of the pit and into the ordinary...right? Oh, dear. Forward with confidence!
It has been a few weeks since Chanel debuted its crystalline runway palace at the Grand Palais for the fall collection, and save yet another of my fictional references to the crystal chambers of Superman (that would be the Fortress of Solitude), the visual pleasures of the atmosphere itself have yet to lose any of their spellbinding qualities. After glacier voyages, barn fêtes, meteoric explorations and sub-aquatic excursions, it becomes difficult to anticipate what the legendary French house will imagine as the next "wow factor." Well, a field of jewel-tinged crystal crags is a sound addition to the list of the unexpected. Chanel is far too well known, however, to not anticipate some kind of incorporation of setting into the actual collection, but what I didn't anticipate was for the incorporation to be so literal. I'm talking about crystallized-eyebrow literal. Peek into the clever details:
photo cred: vogue.com
Yes, cyber-tronics (not exactly, but I'll taking this as my final opportunity to inject some of that sci-fi diction) were given the modern Parisian touch in form of what one Patrick Pope would refer to as hash-tag chic to the next lev, but real-world industry critics call novelty in ready-to-wear. After all, neatly appliquéd crystal brows are not an orthodox detail on the runway, albeit Paris or not. And in case the photo above does not do the brow any justice...Bam. Crystal eyebrow (and everything else) in motion. This particular detail did waver off the category of accessories and inspire silhouettes within the actual clothes as well, but that's a discussion that I'll leave you to ascertain from higher authority- Chanel is tricky/complex territory. Also, I'm much too afraid to risk any of my science-fiction banter from slipping out. As you can see, it's revealing itself again now. Ricardo, out.
-The Style Inquisitor-