Enjoy the CHANEL FW 2013/14 Fashion Show video at the end of this post!
Velvets and woolens in a moody palette of stormy grays and petrol blues dashed with sunset pinks were sparkled with subtle dustings of glitter, or decorated with strips of patent in place of the signature Chanel braids. Tweeds had an artisanal, hand-woven feel, and the embroideries were similarly crafty with three-dimensional layers of crochet flowers or spiky textural abstractions that seemed to have been embroidered from dressmaker pins.
A trio of sweater dresses, meanwhile, were skinny and mid-calf length, worked with random colored geometric motifs that evoked the work of the eighties Memphis designers of whom Lagerfeld was such a great champion, whilst marled autumnal knits had (to the modern eye) a flavor or early Missoni although, Mademoiselle Chanel herself forged these techniques in the 1920s. A pair of jeans patched with flowery explosions embroidered in those same wools were a standout.
That globe reappeared as an adorable hard-leather swing purse other stylish innovations included the classic quilted bag transformed into a clutch with a band to slot your hand through, or hooked into a horizontal U-shaped rod of tarnished steel. That dulled metal served the necklaces too loops and loops of thick chain with a punk vibe replacing the house’s signature pearls.
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Photo Credit/Source: CHANEL & Olivia Da Costa
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