It was a an old fashion(ed) revival! Karl Lagerfeld, the genius behind luxury
couturier Chanel, presented a newly refined
idea of the term “vintage
.” He described the show as…
“what it was not, and it could be what it has never been before.”
For active buyers of couture, there is an increasing demand for the one of a kind and truly unique as larger clothing chains are now able to deliver well made and chic pieces to a mass market. Couture has to fight back to continuously one-up these chains by turning up the volume on their garments.
To further describe the his concept, Lagerfeld was quoted saying:
“‘New Vintage’ is a proposition for something that could last — at least I hope so,” he said. “This is the same attitude, the same spirit, the same name, same concept — but something for our time.”
New Vintage somehow has the capability to be a step forward, and a look back, both at the same time, empowering timelessness as an epitome of a strong sense of direction when it comes to concepts of fashion and design. Drawing inspiration from Chanel’s archives from the 30’s, 50’s, even from the 80’s, Lagerfeld juxtaposes decade upon decade of iconic fashion, creating a truly unique look.
As it often happens, the aesthetics that rule fashion are not distinctly in service to fashion. Lagerfeld’s concept of the New Vintage is widely applicable also to home decor. Interesting takes on furniture shapes, architectural lines, uses of varying fabric, and experiments with mixing various materials in a single piece make furniture chic and cool.
As Milan Fashion wraps up, leaving Chanel to bask in the praise for their new collection, we’d like to follow suit and show off some of the vintage pieces we have in our gallery
An incredibly handsome pair of Italian armchairs like these would definitely add an effortless element of cool to any room. The strong geometric presence that shape these chairs brings 50’s chic to its former glory. The soft, high grade Argentine leather shows off their top notch upholstery. Beautifully French polished legs add a high gloss sheen to these amazing chairs.
This gorgeous table seamlessly blends vintage and modern in one spectacular piece. Circa 1950, this piece is highly aesthetic with its strong lines. The metallic provided chrome and brass give it a very modern feel, despite the fact that it is decades old. But regardless of its age, this table carries a wow factor in both looks and the great condition it has been kept in. Simple, beautiful, contemporary, this is a piece that goes with pretty much everything.
One of our wonderful new arrivals! This unique bar cart is a very rare find from Maison Charles. A piece from the 60’s, this bar cart bears the signature of J. Charles, the main creator of Maison Charles furniture in the 1960’s. Both chrome and brass parts boast beautiful patinas. This cart is the perfect size, and the casters make it easily mobile – great for entertaining.
The French Club Chair has a timeless and honored history. Originally found in clubs all around France and England where men gathered away from home, these chairs have a been long-standing testament to luxury, comfort, and relaxation. This luxurious vintage pair or armchairs don’t just look great, they are unbelievably comfortable. Each one is a perfect place to relax after a long day. This stately pair is in excellent form. Each chair is on casters, making them easy to move about when planing on re-arranging a room, but won’t shift when sat in. A bold statement in black.
A great aspect of this idea for a New Vintage is how highly conceptual the final products are. Many of the pieces in this new collection combined high romance with trendy vibes. Classic Coco elegance meets Lagerfeld innovation.
As always, the attention to detail found in every piece of Chanel Haute Couture is staggering. Fine furnishings come with the same stamp of quality and workmanship. Intricate in every detail, the best and most beautiful pieces are always the ones done by the most skillful hands.
This impressively sized mirror boasts a beautiful floral detail that is completely painted by hand. Quite a bit older than vintage, this piece was originally made in the 1900‘s and has survived the tests of time. Age has only made this antique beauty even more desirable.
Similar to Lagerfeld’s use of 3D floral detail in his current collection for Chanel. Created by one of the best glass blowers in Murano, Cenedese is historically one of the most important and highly respected glass maker in Venice. This piece serves a testament as to why. With a reflective main structure, this chandelier is a sphere covered in hand blown glass flowers on every surface. Each meticulously made flower is a masterpiece on its own. Put together, they create a charming and beautiful fixture. This chandelier is completely exquisite. A true work of art.
Also hand-blown and imported from Italy, this piece is hauntingly beautiful, bathed in black, and covered in leaf and flower detail. The use of unconventional black glass makes this a truly unique piece. The chandelier is visually stunning and in person, is of impressive size. Definitely an eye catching show stopper.
Comparing high fashion and fine furnishings side by side reveals exactly what makes these luxury items so desirable. When a piece is made by hand, it is automatically one of a kind. Pieces such as these become status symbols and people want to have them. Whether it’s a Lagerfeld original from the latest Haute Couture show, or a great antique piece from our gallery at Jean-Marc Fray, vintage will always be in demand and in style.