If you’ve been following North On Harper for a bit you knew it was going to happen. I mean come on now. How couldn’t it?! After all, we peaked at the Spring Couture Show, recapped the Fall Ready-To-Wear Show and fawned over the Resort Show. So let us be serious. We are going to cover the Fall Couture show. ‘Cause the truth is, I have a love affair with Chanel.
I’ve mentioned before that I really appreciate how Karl Lagerfeld stays true to the Chanel aesthetic, while still forging his own path. It is this dichotomy that appears in nearly every look that makes Chanel, Chanel. I feel like he took it to another level with this collection, as I imagine these pieces would live in Coco Chanel’s closet were she alive today. They are mysterious, sultry, powerful and of course they are sophisticated.
But I will quit talking and start showing…
Yes, it is the staple Chanel tweed suit. But I love how Lagerfeld makes it feel new again season in and season out. This time the collar and the skirted jacket are perfect for a woman who commands respect.
There is something fresh and cool about this dress, which is kind of crazy because simultaneously there is something utterly classic about the shape.
This look is feminine, but edgy. Modest, but daring. And it is the balance that it strikes that makes it so successful.
Who knew black could be girly? Apparently Lagerfeld did. I love how sweet this one is!
At first glance this dress seems rather conservative. That is until you realize it is actually completely sheer. So you are like this isn’t practical! I hear you. But this is couture, so it is allowed. Plus, it is kind of awesome.
I feel like I should let this gown speak for itself. Except that this is a dress that turns heads. But the wearer has to own it, or else it will be a complete loss… (I imagine my grandmother wearing this when she was young… she had a very cool sense of style!)
What do you think of Chanel’s 2011 Fall Couture Collection?
(All images via Style.com. Photos by Yannis Vlamos /Go Runway.com)