“Utter Modesty and Elegance from the Past”

(Chloé by Karl Lagerfeld Spring / Summer 1972 © Chloé) 


Who said you can’t mix patterns?  

A Simple yet Elegant Bohemian Design by Karl Lagerfeld (September 10, 1933 – February 19, 2019). He named this design the “Rachmaninoff’ dressNamed after Sergei Rachmaninoff, a Russian composer and pianist. Apparently, the colors of the design reflect where the name and inspiration came from. 


This dress was one of Karl Lagerfeld very first designs for Chloe. Notice the architectural patterns on the upper body portion and the Floral pattern on the bottom. Also notice the “scale” or “size” of the patterns as it starts from small squares from the sleeves, to medium triangles on the chest, to large floral on the bottom.  


Mixing patterns (at least this courageously) was a fashion “faux pas” until recently. Nowadays, mixing patterns has become very fashionable as it gives more fashion error-and-trial space and freedom for people to be creative, innovative and express themselves uniquely as no two people will mix things the same way. 


By: Afnan Alheyari – IG: @modestybyafnan – URL: https://www.instagram.com/modestybyafnan/

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