Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel, is known for always going above and beyond. Last March, his Autumn/Winter 2014 Paris fashion show made headlines with it's Supermarket Chic theme. Lagerfeld showcased his collection on gorgeous models strolling through a supermarket that sold everything from cereal to soup, branded with the iconic double C logo.
Lagerfeld's goal with this eclectic theme was to showcase the idea that Chanel, while a high-end luxury brand, can be worn in every day life at a location as simple as a supermarket. While this certainly isn't practical for most people, it does highlight the beautiful simplicity that makes Chanel so timeless.
Beyond the haute Ketchup and eau de Chanel was a small accessory that many onlookers didn't even notice: Chanel headphones.
Six months later, we are finally hearing more from Lagerfeld about this trendy accessory. Chanel has partnered with tech company Monster to create the perfect pair of headphones... for $5000. Ana Colon of Refinery29 calls these headphones "basically like a Chanel handbag for your head." While the sound quality is certainly exceptional, it's hard to justify paying $5000 for headphones, even if they are Chanel. The functions of these headphones have been compared to Beats by Dr. Dre, which retail from $250 to $500, a much more reasonable price point.
There's no denying that these headphones are a work of art. Covered in the signature black quilted leather and embossed with the Chanel logo, they scream "trendy"... but, they also scream "unnecessary." We will certainly be seeing these around come holiday time, as they are expected to hit stores this fall. But, can Chanel get away with a $5000 tech product, or is it just too much?