Chanel S/S 2013. Photos by Walter Grio. Text by Baille Gelwicks. Sponsored by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty – Jennifer Harlow.
With an Eco-friendly vibe in the air, Chanel brought new life to the runway this Spring season. The classic pearl necklace was redefined with a cluster of large baubles around the neck. These extra large pearls adorned the jackets, skirts, and even cut-away leather gloves. Also lining the pockets, this embellishment screamed “no bracelet required” as a simple hand in the pocket will do. A center part and messy chignon, so classically Chanel, kept this reinvented collection true to the brand. Classic pumps became of-age with clear ankle straps. Wedge sandals tied at the ankle brought an almost nautical vibe with either blue or red stripes. Clear brimmed hats and Hula-hoop framed bags took beach fashion to new heights.
Lagerfeld did what he does so well, combining juxstaposing fabrics for a look that is sweet and spicy. A knit, pearl embellished jacket is paired with an A-line leather skirt, while a classic shift and boxy open jacket get a leather trim. Slim pants in white and navy are beach party worthy in an open weave fabric heavy enough to keep you warm despite that night time ocean breeze. Cropped jackets in the same fabric add interest with a spike of pattern. It wouldn’t be a Chanel fashion show without a little tweed. Shift dresses topped with jackets or paired with bracelets on each wrist were the accessories of choice here. Waffle knit outfits bared voluminous sleeves and introduced color into what had been a stark collection up until this point. Bright blue and coral pinks and reds brought in a nod to new-age nautical. A looser dress shape with bows and peter pan collars introduced a late 80′/early 90′s babydoll feel. The show ended with a series of black dresses trimmed neck to sleeve to hem in printed chiffon fringe, quilted bodices and sheer layers that had skin peeking and patterns popping, proving yet again that sheer fabrics are trending.