Weeks ago, when images of the invite for Chanel’s Haute Couture show in at Paris fashion week circled the Internet, it was evident that Karl Lagerfeld would be revisiting the past for this collection. The hand-sketched invite with the words, ‘New Vintage’ printed across it enticed intrigue. No one knew whether an era would inspire him, or a particular silhouette.
But this morning, as the runway rolled out in the luxurious vicinity of Grand Palaise in Paris, Lagerfeld managed to please both old and new customers with Chanel’s Haute Couture fall /winter 2012 collection.
Mademoiselle Coco’s love for a tweed suit in an elegant silhouette came across in its finest form, with the excessive use of the fabric in the collection. Teamed with tulle, velvet and metallic fabrics, Lagerfeld gave the classic vintage look, a modern twist. Although ironical to what an haute couture collection originally stands for, these garments seem to be more accessible to the Chanel customer.
Boxy shoulders with cinched-in waist, harem sleeves and safe lengths of hemlines – the collection took very minimal risks in terms of silhouette. But as far as the overall concept was concerned, Lagerfeld brought back the fashion house’s age-old association with textiles and presented it to a young audience filled with the likes of Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung. The horizontal lines of every look added to the ‘vintage’ element of the show, while the sparkled silver tights spoke the 21st century language of futurism.
Ending the show on a bridal note, of course – no Chanel Haute Couture show is complete without one of these – Lindsey Wixson walked out in a breathtaking, angelic white dress covered in intricate feathers and handmade roses. Trust Lagerfeld to put a white dove to shame!
You can see all of the Chanel haute couture autumn 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree