A Holiday Dressing Tip from Chanel Runway
Thursday, December 10, 2015
It is the eternal quest of the fashion savvy to make the black maxi dress work for all seasons. Spring is a no-brainer, summer works with a simple sandal, and fall is a breeze in a long coat—but winter? Winter is full of woes for those who prefer short silhouettes. Sure, one could adopt Edie Sedgwick’s tried-and-true trick of adding opaque black tights to any ensemble, but for evening affairs where the dress code is more chic than cool, a graphic leg is not always the best choice.
Enter Chanel to provide a solution. At the house’s Métiers d’Art 2016 show in Rome, Karl Lagerfeld paired his frilled cocktail frocks with lacy tights. Some were uniformly floral, others were patchworked from different lace patterns, creating a texture that echoed the nubby tweeds or embellished lace of the dresses they were worn with. The idea to pair a textured tight arrives just in time for the winter season, so why not try a lace, point d’esprit, or knit option this season? If it’s good enough for Lagerfeld and Chanel, it’s surely good enough for a December cocktail party.
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