The last year has seen the rise of Chanel. I know what you're all thinking, it's always been at the top of its game, you can't argue that Chanel isn't at the front of luxury branding. It's got to the point that the Heathrow terminal 3 boutique has stopped selling classic bags due to the tax free shopping and the popularity. But it's not just about the classic bags any more or the simple ballerinas, it's everything. Jewellery, bags, shoes, ready to wear oh and sneakers…yep sneakers.
Last week saw Karl Lagerfeld most cutting edge couture show. It was spectacular because there were NO HEELS! Proof that Chanel knows what us the consumers want, and of course the creme de la creme of fashion, the Haute Couture clients. The show was spectacular as always. Sébastien Tellier played a live set while the models dressed in the modern silhouette of nipped in waists, pastel colour pallets and the cutest knee pads ever to come down a couture catwalk (I'm pretty sure the only catwalk). Pre heading onto the catwalk the models were told to have fun and they did, making faces and skipping along. All in the name of the modern woman.
I am so happy that sneakers are "cool" again, I've always had a soft spot for them, being a Converse, Nike, Vans fan from a young age you kinda can't stray away from the comfort of a good sneaker/skater. Plus i cannot wear heels to save my life. It's not just Chanel who have embraced the new fashion world of sneakers, they were also shown on Dior Couture runway, Isabel Marant brought her name to commercial fame thanks to her hidden heel sneakers, Lanvin with their snake trainers and Miu Miu for their incredibly cool and glittery trainers with embellished toes.
Why does Chanel stand out though? Why is everyone cooing over them? Simple. They are goddamn comfortable and chic. Now these Haute Couture babies alone cost £3000, and if that price tag doesn't sting enough there, you'll be even more teary when you find out you can only buy these babies with the whole outfit. Yep I wanna to cry too.
Fear not thought Chanel offer a lot of alternatives, and have confirmed that will release similar versions of the couture in a cheaper price range.
I'm always kicking myself when it comes to buying a pair. Last year I left an incredible pair of cut out lace hi-top sneakers in navy despite my sister (the frugal shopper) telling me to buy them. In December when cruise collection launched I was so ill I didn't buy a pair of the all back running sneakers that my beautiful friend Melissa kept behind for me, I was determined that I looked awful in them and walked away with a pair of leather espadrilles and seasonal ballerinas. FOOL. Oh and do not start me on the tweed runners…they were so late arriving to the UK that we didn't even get all the sizes!
The ones that ran away...
So when I came across a pair that I fell head over heels for it was a no brainer NOT to make the same mistake THRICE. What I must stress also is, how amazing and wonderful my boyfriend is for buying these for Valentines day for me. I am one lucky princess...
I am so besotted with these, I've been allowed to have them early to take on my holiday to Seoul and Kuala Lumpur (5 DAYS EEEEK). The quality is perfection and the added detail of the pearls just kill me. I wouldn't mind the matching bag with the sneakers now hehe.
I was so torn between these and the Camélia sneakers from Cruise collect. Hand crafted Camélia perfection. The stripes bring an added touch of fun and youth to them:
Are you guys down the with the sneaker phase in fashion?
Thanks for reading guys.
Lots of Love