Chanel’s spring 2015 show was awash with the artificial. Karl Lagerfeld’s vision—which apparently came to him in a flash—combines classic silhouettes with a sense of a dystopic future. Mechanized flowers bloom on command while dresses and separates don’t tend to stray from their base color, exempting a few splashes of floral print. It’s an interesting vision of the future, equal parts strangely beautiful and melancholic. As applied to our present day, the Chanel show debuted a few pieces perfect for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, as long as you don’t mind being a little edgier than the standard crowd.
I opted for a very pared down, casual interpretation of the Chanel show, something I could wear as we hit our last week of 60-degree weather. Plain black leggings and a flowy, chiffon top lay the foundation while mimicking the tone of Chanel’s separates. I layered up with a black and white knit cardigan to serve as an injection of texture, taking the same place compositionally as the tweed in the Chanel show. On the jewelry front, I kept it simple with a gold bangle and necklace. The finishing touch was my floppy, black sunhat, dressed up with silk flowers and a little bit of tulle for my sorority’s Kentucky Derby-themed social. It’s definitely not the most practical accessory, and will warrant a few head turns as you walk through campus, but fashion is nothing without taking a few risks.