PARIS — The old charm of Coco Chanel's clothes from the 1930s swept back into style yesterday, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld.
His replica chanel j12 black spring ready-to-wear collection was a nostalgic glance backward to the chic seaside resorts of Deauville and Biarritz 50 years ago when fashionable women paraded around in long pleated skirts, loose, flowing trousers, simple cardigans and flat shoes - almost all in combinations of navy and white.
It was a very soft, languid, classic collection that had none of the sexy, snappy little flourishes that Lagerfeld has been doing for so many seasons to jazz up the house's sedate image.
Gone are the quilted leather miniskirts, the No. 5 T-shirts, the snug little jackets, the truckloads of zany jewelry, the 3-inch sling-backs and the vampy sequined dresses.