Chanel’s Dark & Stormy Show
Opening with staple tweed suits and closing with fishtail gowns, yesterday’s Chanel’s fall 2011 couture show showed varying looks fit for the impending apocalypse. Okay I kid, the world isn’t ending, but as I said before (remember Karl Lagerfeld‘s fall 2011 volcanic show?) if it were, it’s best to go out wearing Chanel. Following along the lines of his previous fall collection, Lagerfeld‘s couture designs for 2011 are just as dark and stormy as ever. Presented at the regal Grand Palais, the runway took the form of a dark city street complete with lamps, building facades, and a starry night sky, all made to be a replica of the Place Vendôme. The dark setting set the mood for a romantic collection fit for the night. Some pieces were all black or grey with ruffled accents, feathers, pleating, and silver sparkling tweed. The designer transitioned into the light by presenting an array of ivory hues, one standout piece even had a long train. Two more talked about pieces were an all magenta pink draped dress and a rose dress with feathers and black dotted detailing. The entire collection perfectly channeled fashion house originator, Coco Chanel.
All of the models had a mask-like piece of sheer lace around their eyes, in true Lagerfeld fashion this added to the drama of the show. Each model also donned a black hat and had her hair pinned back with a few short locks hanging free next to her cheek. Makeup looks were very natural, except for smokey eyes, which were lined in black.
See more looks from the Chanel fall 2011 couture show below.
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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld first worked with Pierre Balmain from 1954 until 1957, and in 1958, he began working at the House of Patou.Â He also worked for ChloĂ© from 1959 to 1978, and shortly after began designing furs and ready-to-wear clothing for the F... Read more >>
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Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, known as Coco Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 in Loire Valley, France.Â In 1912, Chanel began her career in fashion at her millinery shop in France.Â Throughout the 20s, Chanel replaced the traditional corset with comfort and elegan... Read more >>