The Fall Couture shows are in full effect on the Paris runways, and of course I couldn’t wait to see what Karl Lagerfeld sent down the runway for the Chanel Fall 2013 Couture show. And, as I have come to expect from Mr. Lagerfeld, I was not disappointed.
What makes these shows so wildly successful is the atmosphere. Much more than a “simple” runway show, couture shows must be events. And of course Lagerfeld has proven time and again his ability to create a one-of-a-kind experience for his audience.
This held true in the Chanel Fall 2013 Couture show, which was held in the Grand Palais in Paris. The theatre, dressed in a derelict style, proved to be the perfect dramatic setting to a show where the typically formal materials felt much grittier than traditionally seen.
While I think the setting was supposed to be post-apocalyptic / sci-fi, for me there were definite nods to the American Old West. From the hats to the low slung belts (which made me think of gun holsters) and the suede boots- I definitely had images of saloons and tumbleweed. But whether my inference was right or wrong, it did match with the idea of new frontiers.
This time, in selecting looks to share with you, I really wanted to share a range of tweed looks. I am continually impressed with the manipulation of this fabric. Were it not for Chanel, I have to wonder if it could survive beyond our grandparents’ closets. It is amazing how one fashion house can truly open up the definition and the possibilities of a single material.
So that is my take on the Chanel Fall 2013 Couture Collection. The question remains: What would you wear when facing a new frontier? Me? I am going with tweed…
Images via: Style.com / Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway / InDigital