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Brief Published: 3 Oct 2012

PFW S/S 13: Chanel


Always one of the most anticipated shows of Paris Fashion Week, Chanel showed its Spring/Summer 2013 collection earlier today at the awe-inspiring Grand Palais in Paris, complete with near life-sized wind turbines.

Comprised of 83 looks, the collection moved through the decades – from the 1980s to the 1960s and back again. Pearl-encrusted boucle, extended shoulders, stonewashed denim and monochrome column dresses offered a variety of reference points for the extensive collection. However, it was the accessories that really stole the show.

Size and proportion were key points of interest for Karl Lagerfeld this season, as accessories were either extremely oversized or miniature. At the supersized end of the scale, satellite-shaped sun hats with transparent Perspex brims were carried rather than worn, while a giant beach bag with hoola-hoops for shoulder straps dominated one swimwear look. The quirky clutch bags shaped like blocks of Lego in primary colours offered bitesized accessories with a geek-chic feel. Jewellery was predominantly pearl-based with giant, bauble-style necklaces and bracelets making for a deliberately gaudy aesthetic.

Paris Fashion Week concludes tomorrow.

Paris Fashion Week