Nuits D'été--Summer Nights 2008, one of our favorite Chanel shows to date. The collection fused classic fifties and sixties americana (models clad in denim, denim and more denim mixed with starts-and-stripes prints marched down the runway to the tune of the Ronettes Be My Baby). But for all of the US of A inspiration, the French house wasn't quite ready to pick up and shop and permanently move to the States. Rather, the red, white and blue nod was tempered with classic Chanel staples one might expect from the luxury brand, such as borrowed-from-the boys tailoring, evening wear crafted in Moulin Rouge organza with lingerie detailing, garments dripping with pearls, chains, and other metallic jewelry details, and the house's signature fabric bouclé. Periodically, we get in pieces from this seminal collection and the one above is one of our faves. O, Say can you see . . .
* Chanel Spring 2008 boucle dress with dripping chain detail. In a size 42. Priced at $3500.
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