Oct 022012

Today in the Grand Palais in Paris, Chanel held its Spring 2013 Ready to Wear Runway show, based on a theme of solar power and wind turbines.

In an extraordinarily diverse and future driven collection, Karl Lagerfeld played with graphic shapes incorporating traditional Chanel fabrics, including the classic tweeds, quilted bags and incomparably feminine tailored dressing that is the hallmark of the line.

One of the most discussed item was this hula-hoop shaped quilted bag for your beach towel, clearly designed to attract the surprise and delight of everyone. Do not miss the extraordinary graphic shoe:

Another variation of the large round shape appeared in a series of wide-brimmed hats, a play on the classic Chanel straw hat updated with new textures and transparency in a high-tech makeover.

 This sleeker yet very modest version of the classic Chanel black-and-white dress has an instant classic appeal.

This fabric is intricately textured. Also, the sleeve appears to be almost seamless. Again, the length is quite modest for a Spring collection.

A series of clothing with graphic flowers brought a breath of fresh spring air to the collection.

It is incredible how the classic Chanel suit can be varied and still look entirely new.

This look gives off a “robot catsuit” impression, while the top jackets seems quite conservative.

Is there any end to Karl Lagerfeld’s diverse and varied imagination?  (click to enlarge)

The models wore a new Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow in a light, ethereal color applied very heavily and paired with a heavy eyeliner. Peter Philips created a new shade of Illusion d’Ombre shadow for the show– Plantinum Precious a glimmering platinum pigment made specifically for the spring runway. After blending it around the entire eye with a brush, he went over it with a matching high-tech powder from the lab that gleamed on the lids like sheet metal.

For the liner, the Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene was used (love this!) and the inner rims were lined with its Le Crayon Kohl in Graphite, a dark gray.

Chanel Vitalumière foundation was used on both the face and the body, then a light oil was put on arms and legs.

He added a light-reflective pink gloss (Chanel Glossimer in Plaisir), which he layered over a similar shade of creamy lipstick (Chanel Rouge Allure in Gracile) that was blotted onto the lips.

These brows look perfect:

Nails were a traditional French manicure, using Ballerina and a new color called Eastern Lights (Allure Magazine is calling this Everlasting Light, so we will have to see which one is correct).

Allure Magazine’s close up of the nail polish is here.

I’ll do my best to update this post as more information becomes available. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

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  9 Responses to “Chanel Ready to Wear Spring 2013 Runway”

  1. I really like this change and new look that I don’t remember seeing for a long time. I wouldn’t have guessed that it would be okay to wear silver in the spring, but that is so much better then pastel, in my view.

  2. I don’t think I could pull off the clothing but the entire concept was quite interesting.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how the make-up artists use a powder puff as to not smudge or transfer the make-up. INGENIOUS!

  3. I wonder what color Eastern Lights is? Sounds intriguing!

  4. I always enjoy your articles and love everything about Chanel, keep up the good work!

  5. Amazing collection! And those shoes! Le sigh….

  6. So which is ballerina
    And which is eastern lights?
    Lol is ballerina a clear or nude? I can’t tell!
    I must have them both though!

    • Ballerina is a current shade–it’s a sheer pink. So the Eastern Lights will be the white (on the tips). Sorry I should have said this sooner LOL! 🙂

  7. Love, love, love the depth and dimension of that shadow. And I like the soft pink lip, too! I really love the gigantic pearl necklaces and bracelets. Thanks for posting this!

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