The atmosphere was buzzing around the Grand Palais this morning as Karl Lagerfeld prepared to unveil his spring summer 13 collection to the waiting crowd, that included Hollywood actress and singer, Jennifer Lopez who accessorised with a quilted Chanel clutch and her daughter, Emme. Tall white windmills lined the catwalk and the models took their turns in showcasing the new season which at its core was very much Chanel.
It was a capsule full of the signature elements patented by the prestigious fashion house, but with a twist as pearls were blown up and crafted into elaborate chokers, necklaces and bracelets and later used as the main detail for inflated separates and dresses which were embellished with the oversized gems. Mostly monochrome, strapless dresses were strewn with polka dots and tops were teamed with leather skirts. Karl interjected an element of his personal style, fitting one model’s hands with a pair of black leather fingerless gloves. The trends we have seen emerging front and centre this season were given the Chanel treatment as shoulders came inflated and curved, while jackets – of which there were plenty – came cropped in a variety of fabrics, from on-trend checks to an armoured-style weave. A longer patent version in rich coral came with a monochrome plaid lining in a look that was young, fresh and cool.
Hats were wide with transparent brims and circles of black or colour nestling at the centre trailing from the models’ hands, while footwear came in an assortment of styles to pared back and strappy to humbug striped wedge. The traditional Chanel tweed was showcased via cool yet sophisticated dress and jacket combinations and colour popped its way into the latter part of the show in tones of blue, grassy green and vibrant coral. Lagerfeld excelled himself with an immaculately tailored and selectively coloured collection, which tapped into the looks of the season but essentially stayed true to the heritage of Chanel.
Catwalk images: copyright vogue.co.uk