Paris Haute Couture: Chanel Autumn/Winter 2011-12
With the show starting at 10pm on Tuesday night, rumour has it that Karl Lagerfeld specifically wanted this start time to allow the moonlight to fill the Grand Palais and create the right astmosphere. The Chanel Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection was intended as a nod to "Les Allures de Chanel" as the show title explains.
There was a bit of a mish-mash of silhouettes from peplum over slim skirt tweed suits to "lampshade" eveningwear. Shoulders were big and sleeves 3/4 long, with waists nipped in to give way to the exaggerated peplum suit hems. Each skirt suit was teamed with long flat boots, leather and fishnet long gloves and a tulle-trimmed bowler hat. Dropping hems and waist lines to the floor, Lagerfeld ran with this concept and nailed it by presenting boxy oversized tuxedo dresses, long skirt versions of the label's iconic tweed suit, and an array of feather and ruffle tiered gowns some. In between there were pops of fuschia as models traipsed around a circular runway which featured a replica of Place Vendome and a statue of Coco Chanel dressed in her signature boater and suit *heart*.