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Chanel Fall Couture 2013 Round-up

By Priya Kumar   There’s nothing quite like the presentation of a Chanel collection. From the larger-than-life sets to the headline-grabbing front row to the grandeur of the location holding everything in, Lagerfeld knows how to create a spectacle that turns heads around the world. Theatrical melodrama is the name of the game and today’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Couture show did not disappoint. Titled “Old World, New World”, the set featured crumbling stone walls, broken windows and a general mustiness reminiscent of the climax of a certain Ben Stiller satire about male models. Readers, we leave you to decide for yourself about the collection. We loved the chapeaus, but were left with an overall feeling of uncertainty about the padded shoulders, patchwork of tweed and chiffon and oversized coat after oversized coat.   Recurring accessories included oversized belts worn up at the waist, boots that where stockings that were boots held up by garters and Lagerfeld’s usual choice colour palate of greys, beiges, and navies peppered with greens and pinks. And what would a couture show be without the layering of every opulent fabric imaginable to man? Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 3.07.18 PMScreen Shot 2013-07-02 at 3.07.33 PM Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 3.07.09 PM  

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  Lagerfeld described the theme and setting of the show, “like in the Far East.” The set appeared to represent the destruction of the old, and the collection emerging from the rubble as something shiny and new. While most pieces were far from wearable, Lagarfeld knows that’s how it should be: “Chanel is an idea, not a reality.”   NB: Rihanna sat in the front row wearing a cardigan as a dress. Although the event marked Kristen Stewart’s best look ever, Rihanna stole the show.   K rihanna-chanel-couture-fall-2013-look

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