If you are looking for bright colour at Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2013, keep moving on. Echoing the dustiness of the post-apocalyptic theatre set erected in the middle of the iconic Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld kept his palette at a hushed tone today with pale seafoam, blushy beiges, and deep raspberry playing off a majority of graphic black, white, and grey looks.
The silhouette alternated between long and lean in drop-waist gowns destined for the world's most glamorous events or short and full with an almost tutu-like effect. There were plenty of jackets in evidence with all the luxe detailing that one would expect, with almost an armor-like quality in the side pleating and metallic embellishments. With an image of a shimmering city behind the models, Lagerfeld laid out a sleek vision for the future of Chanel. Click through to see the full Chanel Haute Couture 2013 collection now.
Kristen Stewart arrived at the Grand Palais with a smile and a wave for the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday. She chose a sexy shorts and jacket ensemble, which she accented with leather gloves — what do you think of her look? She also showed off her new ink, four straight lines on her left wrist and an infinity symbol on her right, after stopping at a tattoo shop in Nashville with friends last month. Kristen mingled with designer Karl Lagerfeld, actress Rose Byrne and actor Michael Pitt at the event, where Milla Jovovich, Vanessa Paradis and Alexa Chung were in attendance as well. After the show, Kristen changed into her usual t-shirt and jeans and was spotted greeting fans as she left her hotel.
Kristen touched down in France on Monday, joining other stars at the Paris Haute Couture shows including Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna. Rihanna ran into Jennifer at dinner on Monday night but wore a sexy long cardigan look to check out the Chanel action alongside Kristen.
The fashion world could've guessed that when Kristen Stewart hopped a plane to Paris, the actress, a favourite for many designers, must have had her couture show tickets stashed safely in her carry-on. She appeared at the Chanel show earlier in a double-breasted bouclé jacket and raw-edged black shorts. Accessory-wise, she wore bangles pushed up high on the forearm, black Jean-Michel Cazabat heels, and fingerless leather gloves that looked like they came directly from Karl Lagerfeld's closet. Do you like her high-fashion punk princess look?
If Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Fendi's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for Fendi was about in-your-face craftsmanship and bold colour, their Resort 2014 collection was about how to soften all that energy while still letting all the craftsmanship shine through. Case in point: a patchwork snakeskin t-shirt with blue leather sleeves has a simple shape, but is so intricately made and well put together that it looks seamless from afar, and a cape made from sculpted mink has all the luxury of one of the striped, multi-coloured fur jackets from A/W, with a different, much subtler graphic edge. That's not to say this collection is short on eye-catching patterns or colour combinations. The first look is a black-and-white skirt suit with a zigzag design, and Lagerfeld and Fendi cut more than one look from a yellow lattice print.
Chanel presented its Resort 2014 collection in Singapore last week, and the slightly punky hair and electric-blue eye makeup is something to emulate. This season, why not take a risk and try your hand at vibrant makeup hues and coifs that are both cool and functional. The rich black and neon blue eye makeup, coupled with over-exaggerated, swooped bangs, provided the perfect accompaniment to designer Karl Lagerfeld's spectacular creations. See all the looks up close here and get the exact makeup shades used backstage.
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Chanel revealed its Cruise 2014 collection in Singapore yesterday, and the mix of red-carpet-ready dresses, timeless coats, and everyday pieces is delightful. While Cruise collections might not garner the same amount of attention as the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter shows, Karl Lagerfeld's latest shows us why they should. Intended to outfit the most fabulous of women on holidays abroad, they fill the gap between Spring and Autumn with a bounty of pieces ready for frivolity and fun (not the office). Click on to see the looks we loved.