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July 10, 2010

Chanel 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture Review

The Chanel Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais was a grand spectacle complete with a forty-foot lion.  But even the lioness could not outshine the clothing and accessories that Uncle Karl designed.

The overall silhouette was a play on layers, length and shoulders.  Strong shoulders have been popular for a few seasons now, but the Chanel strong shoulder was different.  It’s very soft and round, but strong in the sense that it is exaggerated.  Almost all of the looks had the rounded, sculptural shoulder paired with a 3/4 length sleeve.  The looks that didn’t have the rounded shoulder were sleeveless and the models’ bare shoulders were reminiscent of the roundness of the sleeved jackets.

Lagerfeld also played with length in this collection.  From 3/4 sleeve jackets, to long blouses paired with cropped jackets, to-the-knee skirts and dresses to calf-length dresses and skirts.  Most of the hemlines were on the short side – even the formal dresses.

The color palette is one suited for fall – rich jewel tones like garnet, topaz, and sapphire paired with rich browns, camel and black.  Lush fabrics like warm tweeds paired with luxe fur; brocade fabric with rich beading and embroidery, dresses embellished with strings of pearls.  The overall look is very luxurious and rich – think ladies who lunch.

I must confess, the clothing was not my favorite this season.  I wasn’t a very big fan of the big rounded shoulders.  What stole the show for me was the accessories.  These boots were definitely made for walking – slouchy, ruched, metallic, beaded, and with the iconic black toe cap – every look had an ankle boot to match.

The accessories that had me drooling were the large chunky bangle bracelets – bejeweled with chains hanging and layered – the bracelets were the perfect match for the 3/4 sleeve and sleeveless looks.  Brooches and belt buckles had similar looks with chains dripping from them with lion heads at the center.  A collection certainly made to make you roar!

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  1. I completely agree – the clothes were not my favorite. But the accessories were stunning! And I loved your earlier post about the lion, and Chanel being a Leo. I never knew that, so it was fascinating to read! The fall makeup shots were gorgeous too. I’m going to try the red lip tomorrow, Chanel style – we’ll see how it comes out!

    Comment by Nicole — July 11, 2010 @ 3:52 am

  2. Hi Nicole!
    Thanks so much! How did the red lip turn out? It’s one of those looks that I’ve ALWAYS wanted to wear but have felt didn’t look good on me. I may have to try again now!

    Comment by admin — July 12, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

  3. It looked fab – as always, Chanel gets it perfectly right. I had to buy the lipstick and the lipliner, and it was worth it – haven’t worn a red lip in ages! I think it will be very season-appropriate for fall!

    Comment by Nicole — July 23, 2010 @ 1:51 am

  4. Which color did you get? When I went to the counter the makeup artist put “Gabrielle” on me.

    Comment by admin — July 27, 2010 @ 10:33 am

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