When I was a child, I had the audio book of The Little Mermaid (yeah imagine that kids, something that involves a little imagination) and I would listen to Sebastian singing ‘Under the Sea’ over and over again. Even now, I can still remember most of the lyrics “…You talk about going up there, but that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor…” For Spring ’12, it seems I am not the only one who has been enchanted by life on the ocean floor.
Yesterday, Karl Lagerfeld took the Grand Palais underwater for a sea themed collection for the latest Chanel catwalk show. The designer hardly does things by halves and Jess Cartner-Morley described the scenes as, “Glossy white sculptures of coral the size of oak trees loomed above a catwalk covered in white sand, while the high iron walls were draped in undulating sheets of glossy polythene, so that the light had the refracted quality of sunlight underwater.” It makes sense for the classic fashion house to take such inspiration as pearls are an integral part of the brand. However, they were not alone with this theme as both Versace and Givenchy cited something similar.
Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy focused on waves for his collection, which was evident in the cut and the way the clothes moved. Silvery blue sequins helped to confirm the inspiration. Donatella Versace was more blatant adorning pieces with silver star fish, not to mention seahorse prints. I can’t help but wonder if all of this stems from the New York City ballet’s Ocean’s Kingdom for which the score was written by Sir Paul McCartney. The costumes were (naturally) created by Stella and it opened late last month.
Of course, fashion genius Christopher Kane was ahead of the curve with his AW ’11 collection which used revolutionary techniques to create gel pockets. These pieces are now available in stores and I particularly love the colourful clutch (£385). Disney are about to re-release The Little Mermaid in 3D (along with other Disney classics), so that could be another factor! And one final thing, The Chanel show ended with Karl walking out with Florence Welch – a modern day Ariel?