First, I’d like to say that I’m so incredibly happy that Chanel Haute Couture chose to do something more interesting for their show this season than they did for their show last season. Although, if you find silver and white boring, this may be another loser for you.

It was a winner for me, however. For the first time in his lengthy career, Karl Lagerfeld created a collection that completely eschewed black and navy – in fact, it eschewed color of any sort, save for a few traditional Chanel suits with a culotte twist (I just dry heaved a little bit there), which were rendered in various pastels. The collection was beautifully draped, beaded and rendered in the most unforgiving color palette you can imagine for the construction of clothing, but it all worked exactly as it should have. Of course it did; it’s couture.

Lagerfeld has said that the collection came to him in a 5 a.m. dream-like flash, and he referred to it as “neon rococo.” It wasn’t exactly neon, but it did have a great deal of glitzy intricacy, which more or less fulfills the “rococo” part of that proclamation. While the beading motifs may have reflected an old-world sensibility and craftsmanship, some of the elements – foiled stripes on a white dress, the high-gloss silver booties that every model wore, Baptiste Giabiconi’s metallic suit as he escorted the traditional end-of-collection couture bride – were at least a bit reminiscent of the most fashionable sci-fi movie you’ve never seen. If the people that made those movies dressed their actors in Chanel couture, I might reconsider my hatred of the genre.


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  • Janinevs

    Oh my, so beautiful!!

  • baghooligan

    The clothes were so beautiful but the hair is just ugh.

  • Jane

    Clothes are beautiful, but I cannot get behind the blazer and shorts that was just strange. Could you imagine politicians rocking the blazer and shorts, maybe the First Lady. I know it is couture, but still quite funny. I loved everything else.

  • hhm2007

    I LOVE the hair. This is just right for this collection. My favorite look – 2nd row, 3rd from the left.

  • Chris

    The collection is beautiful, I love the colors and the shoes are incredible!
    I love pic 7, 11, 13 (the stripes on the long skirt are fabulous) and pic 22.
    The hair – well it is a fantasy.

  • 19yearslater

    Look up the word neon, Lagerfeld. Beautiful collection, though. Classic and different at the same time. Not a huge fan of pastel, though.

  • Anna Cooperberg Gzz.

    I love science fiction and the genre came to mind immediately- this amazing collection looks like something a massively fashionable alien race would wear on their fabulously minimalist planet.

  • The Girl in Grey

    Completely incredible.

  • hec

    i like it i feel its coutureish its abit less chanel chanel chanel which i love but again i find it subtle and karl is still well on top of things with valentinos looks this season i think chanel is a breath of security and tradition ! well done i just loved the little blazers and the sahdes of white and silver in the materials are so my style ! love chanel!

  • Ashley

    oh my god, i adore this collection, i loved the lilac coat with like the ruffle details, but their not ruffles because they’re stiff, anyways, loved it.

  • papertiger

    Evening wear is particularly lovely and wearable this season. Well, I mean wearable for those that can afford it :-}

  • Terri

    I too loved the hair! I can’t say why but it entranced me. Of course the clothes were great and even though couture very wearable!

  • liveeka

    look number 10, talk about dior, look 10 is not a chanel type of style but its a great improvement from chanel, what people think or dont relize is that they like chanel because its “chanel” they dont need to see the clothes the blah labalh e.t.c, they think its perfect but its only perfect because about 93% of thier bags are perfect, here chanel did not used couture its like reuglar chanel ss and w/f but it will be a great improvement if this is the ss of o10!

  • Reese

    I completely loved this line! :)

  • Elyse

    once again Karl completely hits the mark (fb)

  • Joyce

    absolutely beautiful! (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    Prince (or the artist formerly known as . . .) would fit right in at the end (fb)

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  • Tracey G

    clothes are beautiful! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the hair (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Amazing (ipad)