Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013

Without the dramatic setup , the extravagant, almost exaggerated styling projections and a perfectly complementary subtext to serve as departing point, a Chanel presentation wouldn’t be nearly as fascinating. Karl Lagerfeld loves to create illusions, the more theatrical the better and for the haute couture spring 2013 runway show, he went as far as transforming one of the many catwalks of Paris fashion week (PFW) into a forest. Enchanted or not, that private corner of nature felt seemingly real despite its fantastic concept.

The hidden pathway, the smeared and smudged smoky eye that felt quasi-lurid and the oversized, messy up-do evoking the idea of an organized chaos served as leverage for the otherwise romantic collection that found its roots in the vintage silhouettes, bringing back a little bit of the 19th century romance, but twisted and modernized accordingly.

With a clear focus on the off-the-shoulder necklines, Chanel’s couture lineup mixed tradition with a new sense of progress, as feminine garments constructed upon sumptuous layers, finished with feathered hemlines and embellished by a series of striking floral appliques were juxtapose with the classic Channel tweeds and styled with lace or metallic thigh-high open-toe boots, and hair accessories playing on texture and even more drama.

You can see all of the Chanel haute couture spring 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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