Sometimes our southern hemisphere positioning works in our favour. For instance, the onslaught of the fresh-of-the-press Spring/Summer 2013 international campaigns coincides perfectly with our Summer holidays. Mulberry's under-the-sea tableau? Refreshing. A pop of Prada's ripe cherry prints? Delicious. Julia Nobis getting lost in Proenza Schouler's cloud-cover? Dreamy. These collections may not be hitting shelves just yet, but the lush campaigns from these big name brands are providing the perfect seasonal satorial inspiration. Step inside and get inspired, stat.
Sometimes our southern hemisphere positioning works in our favour. For instance, the onslaught of the fresh-of-the-press Spring/Summer 2013 international campaigns coincides perfectly with our Summer holidays. Mulberry's under-the-sea tableau? Refreshing. A pop of Prada's ripe cherry prints? Delicious. Dolce & Gabbana's vivid Sicilian-inspired separates? Pitch-perfect. These collections may not be hitting shelves just yet, but the lush campaigns from these big name brands are providing the perfect seasonal satorial inspiration. Step inside and get inspired, stat.
Karl Lagerfeld's show is one of the most highly anticipated at Paris fashion week, and this year he gave Chanel Makeup's creative director, Peter Philips, the words "shine, focus on eyes and silver" as inspiration for the beauty look. He created an exclusive platinum eyeshadow shade called Platine Précieux, that looked enchanting and beautifully light-reflecting. The lips also had a shine using a combination of Rouge Allure Gracile and Lèvres Scintillantes Plaisir. The cheeks had no blush and the skin was luminous thanks to Chanel's Vitalumiere foundation.
The nail look at Chanel Spring 2013 was quite a standout, with models donning French manicures. It's a classic look that took a back seat to nail art and bright hues long ago, so it will be very interesting to see if a trend forms off the back of the show. We already know nude nails and minimalistic makeup are the trends du jour — so French manicures certainly fit nicely into the mute colour story.
We only just saw Chanel's spectacular Spring 2013 runway show in Paris, but the press kit for the latest collection is out and — even without Karl's extravagant set — the line is still getting our pulses racing (again). Pastel-hued tweed, strands of oversized pearls, boxy cropped jackets and those perspex-brimmed hats remind us how relevant (and lust-worthy) these iconic Chanel pieces still are today. Step inside to see Stef van der Laan play the lady for Karl's latest collection . . . Images courtesy of Chanel and Fashion Gone Rogue.
The Chanel show has gone beyond just the occasion of presenting a collection; it's a cultural event that draws a fair share of hard-core fans. Outside the Grand Palais this morning in Paris, it was a surreal scene of Chanel devotees, done up in head-to-toe Chanel outfits, coming out in honour of the iconic house. It was like a costume party in the front, with a whole other kind of scene by the backstage entrance on the side of the Grand Palais, where the celebrity attendees entered — French beauties like Inès de la Fressange and Lou Doillon looked laid-back and classic, whilealmost caused a photographers' stampede as she entered with boyfriend Casper.
Then, there was the dramatic setting. Nearly full-size wind turbines had been set up inside the glass-domed Grand Palais, with a runway that looked like solar panels, leading us to expect an airy collection with a futuristic vibe — but don't think spaceships; think of a nicer, greener world where we've figured out solar energy and have clean air. The turbines showed up literally via appliqué on dresses and a printed knit. There was also an airiness to the sheer pieces (a huge trend for Spring) and the easy strapless column dresses, while the cropped jackets with big cocoon sleeves definitely took Chanel forward in terms of modern silhouettes. Graphic prints made an appearance, sharp and crisp on sculptural looks like an oversize top and skirt. Another trend playing out for Spring was spotted at Chanel — styling dresses over pants, and here it was also done with colour, like blue on purple and pink on violet.
Accessories, designed by Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, were a highlight. Wide sun hats featured clear plastic brims and oversize bags that looked like gigantic discs contributed to the natural/futuristic vibe. Finally, the shoes were a winner: two-toned platform sandals that strapped around the ankle and were done in tones of black, white, and silver.
And as for the winning looks? I think it was the simplest ones — the strapless column dresses, some dotted with pearls, others with flowers, and one stunner in black with white trim. The cropped jackets will look great in the pages of the fashion magazines next season, but it's a tough silhouette to wear, while the waist-length jackets, particularly a white cocoon version with black-and-white tweed trim, would look simply perfect with skinny jeans, a tee, and classic pumps.