For almost 30 years, Karl Lagerfeld has been creative director for Chanel and turning out some of the most fashion forward and creative runway shows in the industry. Chanel’s Spring Summer 2013 collection at the Grand Palais in Paris was the perfect backdrop for such a unique collection. The runway was covered in solar panels and lined with grand wind turbines the models walked around like an obstacle course.
As expected a plethora of celebrities, socialites, stylists, and top fashion people lined the first row. Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart, and Poppy Delevigne to name a few. Rachel Zoe tweeted,
Always ahead of the curb, Lagerfeld asked Portland, Oregon electronic pop group Chromatics to perform live during this year’s show. The band performed their song “Looking for Love” for the stunning 17 minute show.
The ready-to-wear collection consisted of 80 looks showing many elements of haute-couture and classic Chanel with nods to French renaissance, and 1950’s Americana. There were sleek black and white sleeveless dresses with pearl embellishments, broad shoulders, and wide hipped skirts. As the music changed, so did the tone of the collection. The classic Chanel blazers and coats at the beginning of the collection, morphed into shrug denim jackets and red tweed oversized coats.
The show stopper of the collection was a huge, hula hoop, white, quilted bag carried by a model in a Chanel “C” logo bathing suit. The classic pearl necklace Chanel is known for was reimagined in chunky oversized necklaces and bracelets of silver pearls. Colorful sandals with low heels and strappy laces were paired with long, black, skinny pants and ultra- feminine dresses. Flat, wide brimmed plastic hats in pink, white, tan, black, and blue.
As the collection came to a close, bold mixes of haute couture blouses, wine, and deep teal looks came down the runway. Puffy sleeved blouses in a quilted pattern transitioned the show from a modernized 1950’s woman to a contemporary renaissance woman. Deep forest greens and dark teal mixed with brown and black were the final phase of the show before the last looks graced the runway.
The final five looks were beautiful, white, hand stitched, tube dresses with floral beading. On the final dress were square motifs floating around the hem the dress. The last looks exemplified the perfect spring and summer Chanel collection.