Friday, July 12, 2013

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013 Collection

The almost non-existent collapsed ceiling, smoke stains, the wooden chairs, the tattered curtains and the mysterious rubble on the floor of the runway set the stage for Chanel's Fall 2013/2014 collection.

Chanel's Fall 2013 collection was presented inside the Grand Palais which was strategically transformed to what looked like a building in ruins. The audience of fashion's most prominent (Rihanna included) were seated on wooden chairs arranged as though in an old church, surrounded by an extravagant run down. A counterpoint to the show though, was the backdrop on stage which revealed a futuristic city. A clear message of a transition to the new world perhaps?

Lagerfeld sent models down the runway with well-defined eyebrows with a blush of prominent cheekbones. The show started off with an array of Chanel's signature tweed even with matching space-cowboylike hats. It is a stark contrast to its previous collection showcased in Singapore earlier last month which featured lighter silhouettes for its resort collection.

However, while it may have started off with heavy materials, this collection was an assimilation of different fabric textures, of futuristic-like materials as the show progressed. Alongside the mass of tweed pieces, sheer panels and metallic work were present. One thing was constant though, a heavy thick belt was apparent throughout the show. All the pieces are very wearable especially if worn as individual pieces and I loved how several dresses had both structural and flow elements to them. My favourite pieces would be Look 41 and Look 53 below. The black and white floor length dress (Look 53) moved beautifully with each step and Look 41 was a perfect combination of the different materials; tweed, metallic and tulle.

Watch the full show here.

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