Chanel at Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture S/S 2013

At any Fashion Week, it is undoubtedly Chanel’s show which draws the biggest crowd. All the seats are full, hundreds of people will stand in any available space just to be present at the iconic brand’s runway presentation.

Chanel never disappoints. After Karl Lagerfield took over as head designer, he almost single-handedly dictates the trends and fashions that will endure through the seasons.

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At Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Spring/Summer 2013 held at the Grand Palais in Paris, France on January 22, Lagerfield’s genius was apparent yet again.

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A day before the show, he stated that his aim with this collection was idealise feminine shoulders. He managed to do exactly that. All the outfits played around with the shoulders – interesting straps, heavy embellishments and off-shoulder looks – the last being the most used.

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The runway was recreated into an enchanted forest from which the models emerged clad in floral print, highly feminine designs. Floral prints, in fact, dominated the runway and even the textures employed were mainly inspired by nature.

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The silhouettes were structured yet flowy – a seemingly conflicting description, you might say, but one look at the runway and you’ll understand what we mean.

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Lagerfield’s choice of hair and makeup has always bordered on the dramatic, and rightly so. ‘Normal’ looks just wouldn’t make the cut for his designs.

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The hairstyles borrowed from the 2012 big accessories trend. Seemingly inspired by a photograph of Coco Chanel, Karl did up the models’ locks in messy dos and then went on to embellish them with large feathered accessories clipped in to fall down the sides of the face.

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Similar to Stephane Rolland’s show, the focus of the makeup here too was the eyes – heavy use of eye shadow and liner extending into spidery veins.

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Lagerfield always manages to epitomise the female form. He also somehow manages to infuse the very essence of all that is right with fashion through the ages.

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His designs, though modern, borrow elements from the very best of vintage fashions, culminating in a wearable, highly chic and very imaginative collection.

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