Chanel Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2012 Paris

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Chanel Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2012 Paris

Large shards of crystal-like pieces jutted from the ground and its powdery remnants covered the floor. Had some kryptonite-like substance exploded in the Grand Palais? A movie with Karl Lagerfeld as fashion’s superman, surely, would be an apt metaphor, with Chanel saving the world of fashion from its foibles in this stellar (pun intended) collection.

Semi-precious stones invaded the collection, encrusting sleeves, bags, and belts, trimming skirts and jumpsuits, making eyebrows shine. Swirly camelia brooches in deep purple and electric blue adorned a lapel, and glowed amidst triangle shapes that shone like broken coloured mirrors. Round stones in flickering fuschia and blazing yellow were like shiny new bubble gum balls rolling down grey wool. It was sci-fi, it was pop, it was even metal; light on the neck were stone-topped alloy bibs. If a person were to become blinded by fashion’s glitter, this show could be the tipping point- the world created here was inspired by riches of the earth, then transformed into an intergalactic everystylishwoman. It was Chanel, one gem at a time.

Lagerfeld used prints in every which way, from watercolour-like hues on a long shifts to surrealist blocks and as stripes on sweaters; and like oil-paint on coats. Cozy furs had little indents; in dark purple with amethyst-coloured accents, it looked sumptuous. The pattern of lace pants looked as if air could breezily pass through; black ensembles, in contrast, had an entirely dark sensibility, replete with perforated fingerless gloves and the aforementioned metal collar-bibs.

A vermilion-edged black coat was bare and utterly pure in design; but hinted at something sinister. Lagerfeld had said that the collection was inspired by nature. Which part of the Earth’s natural resources had this look been borne? Perhaps she was a diamond in the rough. It was a poetic touch in this fashion fiesta.

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-Ria de Borja