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For  Chanel Fall Winter 2013,  Karl Lagerfeld brought out the Parisian punk. Through an abundance of hardware on everything from the fingerless gloves to the thigh-high oxfords to the classic mega-size 2.55 bags, the collection shaped a forceful femininity. Cara Delevingne, Stella Tennant, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld, Julia Nobis, Kasia Struss, and Antonia Wesseloh, were just a few of the famous (model) faces who showed their tougher side for the Chanel collection.

Staying true to the tweeds, Lagerfeld instead opted to play with silhouette to make a statement, by taking the hemlines a little higher,  showing the fall 2013 CHANEL woman is the modern woman.

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A flared silhouette rang through the whole collection, which was often balanced with heavier, layered fabrications such as a cowl-neck boxy jacket or thick leggings. Although surrounding the tough exterior, moments of light hues showed how there is a sweet side to the Chanel woman as well. The pinks, blues, and canary yellows on embroidered denim and mini skirt suits gave a gentle aside to the darker looks. Textures got a chance to shine (literally) by combining patent leathers with wools and tweeds in the looks. Once again modernizing classics for new generations, Lagerfeld took a militaristic jacket and lowered the pockets-fashion and function at its finest.

Prints popped in this collection, heightening the strong severity of the looks in a luxe way. Swirls of white spirals on a suit was definitely a showstopper near the collection’s conclusion. White brought a crispness to the looks, with pieces such as button-downs peeking underneath tweed sweater vests next to leather leg wear. Towards the collection’s close, heavily embroidered looks brought the decadence full-throttle while simultaneously volumizing the looks. Crossing the lines between strict and sweet, a leather quilted minidress was moved into kinder territory through the addition of blooming flowers on the shoulders and hem. As shining onyx patent leather lined the chevron pockets and collars, it brought a moment of sass to the structure on the suiting.

For evening, Lagerfeld didn’t leave the inner rocker behind, but instead merged the two worlds to create a bolder approach to femininity. Therefore, giving way to light, translucent fabrications on top of sleek, black minidresses-but still carrying that harder edge by keeping the tougher fabrics and layered accessories. The bright bold caps and great hooded coats seemed to symbolize a sense of protection against the great outdoors (in a chic way no less). Even though there was a great globe in the backdrop, each model swung a miniature version by their sides, suggesting that the Chanel woman is ready to conquer the world. Oh, and we’re including a couple of guys in the mix.   fdmLOVES CHANEL aw13 selects by Brigitte Segura, written by Mary Anderson.


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