Chanel Sublime: Elegant Melange of Old and New

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Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012-13 has bridged the historic ouevre of the house–and looked playfully ahead.

Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld revealed his fresh vision for fall, channeling Coco Chanel’s vintage looks and looking ahead with surety and surefire silhouettes at the house’s Haute Couture Show on July 2.

Infusing new life into iconic looks, Lagerfeld stepped into Chanel’s fashion time machine, resurrecting the house’s roots, and re-fashioning pieces from as far back as the ’30′s.

Throughout his collection he stuck with a color palette of light pinks, greys, blacks, and whites, which allowed for a newly inspired vintage Chanel.

It was modern and retro simultaneously, with standout tweed suits–and ubiquitous beanie hats, trouser suits. Lurex came into play as well, with sparkly silver tights worn with virtually every look.

For eveningwear, Karl took kaftan shapes and cut off their sleeves to turn them into lounge coats to accompany sinuous floor-length gowns beneath. Or kaftans themselves were transformed into shimmering dresses in pink and purple.

As the show progressed, the looks got BOLDER and better. Lagerfeld ended the show triumphantly as an “angelic snow queen,” swept across the runway in an all white-feathered gown. Accenting the bridal gown was a pale pink bow festooned on the back of the dress and a snow-white feathered collar regally gently framed her face

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