Karl Lagerfeld always surprises the fashion press with his alternative but classic Chanel collections. Working to an extravagant theatrical theme for spring/summer 2013, Lagerfeld displayed 3D dotted patterns, exaggerated 1950s waistlines, contrasting tweed and check prints and hints of bright leather accessorised with oversized pearl jewellery. The collection offered echoes of childhood with the introduction of model-size plastic hats and large signature Chanel handbags complete with wheel-shaped handles. The young and playful collection channelled a modern mini-me Coco Chanel vibe, reminiscent of Polly Pocket.
The showcase opened in classic Chanel style with simple bandeau dresses in jet black and crisp white, embellished with silver embroidered dots. Inspired by the 1950s, Lagerfeld played with waistlines, creating exaggeratedly nipped-in waists combined with wide curve-shouldered cropped jackets. Oversized pearls added a theatrical finishing touch alongside matching jewellery pieces.
Pushing the boundaries of the label’s ladylike-chic aesthetic, Chanel’s signature tweed jackets were updated with dark leather edging. The jackets were also tweaked with higher hems and distinct patterns for a modern-retro vibe. These jackets became statement pieces when teamed with simple above-the-knee basic dresses.
Appliquéd floral patterns found their way on to a selection of black chiffon A-line dresses and playsuits for an alternative take on the spring/summer floral trend. In line with his habit of making statements on the catwalk, Lagerfeld sent models down the runway in Chanel logo cut-out swimsuits, showing that the label is going to be at the forefront of fashion for many years to come.
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