Last week Chanel presented its Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012/13 collection entitled “New Vintage.” The “New Vintage” invitation featured an illustration by Karl Lagerfeld of a young Coco Chanel. Based on the invitation I thought I would see references from the early designs of Coco Chanel. Instead, Karl gave us a collection of instant classics that took us through the decades.
The most obvious reference was the 1940s with all of the models sporting snoods in their hair. It was actually an interesting presentation because Coco Chanel actually didn’t design during the 1940s – she closed her atelier in 1939 at the beginning of WWII. In many ways, this collection was Karl Lagerfeld’s interpretation of what her designs may have looked like had she designed during that time.
Though the 1940s references were very prevalent in the shapes such as trousers and the Old Hollywood glamorous dresses, I also saw hints of the 1960s and 1970s. The boxy swing dresses and coats reminded me of the 1960s and the blouses, tunics and long skirts reminded me of the 1970s.
The collection was muted in black, ivory and grey with pops of mauve and pink to lighten things up. I liked the unexpected hit of pastel for fall/winter. The gowns were lovely with intricate floral details and I would love to see some of these dresses on a red carpet. Please view the collection for yourself below – more to come on accessories and beauty!
Runway Images: Style
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