Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Tweed & Suede & High Cheekbones

Today in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld showcased his Fall 2013 couture collection. Along with the classic Chanel tweed, came thigh high suede brown boots; perfect for the coming winter months. However, this summer will hopefully be too warm for them just yet. 


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In yet another of Lagerfeld's invigorating recreations of the classic tweed suit, the skirt is brought down to ankle sweeping lengths. The whole collection seems quite icey. However, this time there was no iceberg. Throughout, there are hints to '80s power suits as well as more casual, distressed looking tweed. 


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There is a great versatility in this collection. There is a diversity of attitudes amongst the models which is shown by varying hair lengths and facial expressions. The outfits range from workwear to smart casual to full scale party wear. 


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Although each outfit has a thick belt around the waist, the structure of the skirts and dresses appear slightly drop waisted. This hints back to the original Coco Chanel little black dress and the other fashions of Coco's heydays in the 1920s. 


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Within the party wear part of the collection, the boots become more irregular. Some dresses demand to be worn with ankle boots to look more dainty. However, there is something quite rebellious about swapping stilettos or cute court shoes for boots.


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There are lots of references to geometrical shapes. Some of the dresses look like they have been paper woven because of all the little squares. Other aspects of the collection are more luxurious with diamond shaped embellishments. 


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Of course there are the couture gowns that only the super rich and the celebrities hire for special events. The use of tulle and other slightly transparent fabrics looks very handsome. 


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Overall, the collection has very much a 'snow queen' vibe with pretty white fabrics and a light coat of glitter. However, the cosmopolitan professional woman is also present through the outfits showing that the collection reflects strength within femininity and glamour in more ways than one.

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