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Friday, July 6, 2012

Chanel Haute Couture - Fall 2012

chanel fall 2012

 Karl's collection for Fall 2012 for the House of Chanel contained a lot of signature elements you expect.  Super luxurious tweeds, coordinated suit pieces, ladylike in a myriad of variations.  This season he added a bit of sparkle to the pantyhose and metallic threads in the fabrics.

Lagerfeld is all about youth culture, yet this particular collection sent mixed messages.  The proportions on some of the looks just looked like they wouldn't flatter anyone, like the over sized coats that made the 00 sized models look enormous.  Some suits looked perfectly at home at what I picture as the Chanel core customer, tiny old, wealthy ladies but not a fashion forward statement.  Then there were looks that looked like an upscale version of Wednesday Addams, black, white, Gothically girlish.
Karl Lagerfeld has reached beyond fashion icon status at this point and he only seems to keep working more... (My favorite moment from a NY Times talk he did a few years back was that when people say he has a lot of class, he explained that it was all "working class").   I have no doubt that no matter what my personal thoughts are on this season, it will be an influencer that trickles down through the rest of the industry for seasons to come.
Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

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