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Georges Chakra, flirting with the '20sGeorges Chakra, flirting with the '20s

On a day that saw what might be the last Christian Lacroix show, Georges Chakra seemed to be on the rise at Paris’s couture week for autumn–winter 2009–10
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Georges Chakra, autumn-winter 2009-10GEORGES CHAKRA, who has become well known thanks to Hollywood mentions—notably having featured in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada and, more recently, being chosen by Paris Hilton for her appearance in Lebanon—was one of the designers to show in a slimmed-down Paris couture fashion week for autumn–winter 2009–10.

It was a day that marked what may well be Christian Lacroix’s last show, and smaller labels such as Chakra’s appear to be on the rise.

Chakra was inspired by the 1920s, with longer but figure-hugging silhouettes. There were plenty of jewels and sequins, fine embroidery, tulle, and lace, while gold, khaki and silver shimmered on the catwalk. Chakra also tried to reveal skin in unexpected ways.

Bare backs were in, as Chakra played with the idea of ‘angel wings’; and V-necks were plunging for winter.

Examining this and other collections during the week cemented some of the trends analyses we had been making at Lucire for the second half of 2009. The themes of femininity, bondage, science fiction and flowing fabrics have been on our radar, and Georges Chakra appears to be on-trend with all of these, albeit arriving at his styles through a very different inspiration. •


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Georges Chakra has notably featured in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada and, more recently, was chosen by Paris Hilton for her appearance in Lebanon


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