Chanel Fall Winter 2012 Ready To Wear

The Fortress of Solitude perhaps? This is was the first thing that came to mind when you entered the Grand Palais today. But there was no superhero inspiration, Monsieur Lagerfeld claimed to have been inspired by the beauty and modernity of nature's shapes, something he already said last season regarding his marine set up; but this time, he clearly referred to the giant crystalline sculptures with tones of deep purple and grey that decorated the runway.

Spring's short jacket now rests at the hip and was paired simultaneously with skirts and trousers, whilst emerald green, violet, sapphire blue and burgundy livened up the palette of the the predominantly grey and black collection. 
It is necessary to break free from the bewitching effect of Chanel's over the top presentations to determine which clothes will have life beyond the runway: the dark tweeds have the lead undoubtedly, but the rocky print jeans and moonstone-scattered jumper dresses could be a fun addition to the winter wardrobe as well. On the other hand, the color-patched knits and prints will be harder to pull-off while the polyhedron-decorated coats are best left as editorial pieces. 

For the evening, The Kaiser veiled trousers in sheer, embroidered fabrics and metallic tunics. Towards the finale, he elevated the drama by covering metallic frocks in black feathers which had been painstakingly cut into small diamond shapes and crafted into three-dimsensional clusters.

Accessories included leather boots with plexiglass crystal heels, rigid chained bags, clutches with stone apliquées and oversize metal cuffs and collars encrusted with large amethyst stones.

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Franca Sozzani
Hamish Bowles, Anna Wintour

Katy Perry
Emmanuelle Alt

André Leon Talley

Carine Roitfeld
Alicia Keys

Cathy Horyn
Ulyana Sergeenko
Yao Chen

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