Paris Fashion Week went out with a bang by with the debut of Chanel’s ready-to-wear collection for Spring/Summer 2013. The luxury brand, whose last several clothing lines have been designed by Karl Lagerfeld, presented a refined collection that referenced the 1960s. The ever-shocking Lagerfeld sent models down a runway equipped with solar panels and wind turbines, of all things, to represent the designer’s idea that, “Energy is the most important thing in life.”
To mirror the theme of free and clean energy, Lagerfeld’s designs sport graphic and pure lines. The chic and sophisticated minimalism of Chanel is kept intact with an array of jackets in many different textiles. The boxy cropped jackets and other pieces from the collection are made largely from tweed, chiffon, chambray, and velvet. Form-fitting trousers and tops as well as "skirt-dresses" were also prominent in the collection, for which the designer mixed in sheath materials like mesh overlay.
The distinguished but casual look transitions from winter to spring with the introduction of pastels and other bright hues. We see black mesh overlaying bright prints, as well as floral embroidering on flowing sundresses. Worked-in denim, graphic tees, feathered appliqués and quilted pieces also make an appearance, resulting in a collection that doesn’t see much consistency, but is hailed by all in the haute couture world, nonetheless.
It’s obvious that Lagerfeld branched off in many different directions, however he smartly kept the accessories to a minimum. Black and beige wedge sandals and multi-row layered pearl necklaces referenced the CoCo era; though Lagerfeld added his sense of humor by throwing in a hula hoop made from the chain of the brand’s legendary quilted bag.
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