Chanel Autumn / Winter Collection 2012

Karl Lagerfield delivers a gleaming apocalyptic runway

The Chanel ready-to-wear autumn/winter collection 2012 by Karl Lagerfeld was clearly inspired by crystals, with the usual tweeds mixed with garments with prismatic and cubistically shaped stitch patterns and colourful jewel embellishments. The models walked the runway with crystal sequin eyebrows, strongly evoking the iconic Chanel tweed patterns, that each took three hours to apply.

The backdrop for the runway had an apocalyptic feel with stalagmite and stalactite crystals jutting out of the futuristic fashionscape. The Chanel colour palette for the 2012/2013 season is an elegant mixture of petrol, emerald greens, purples, amethyst, sapphire and other crystal-inspired colours. Long coats and jumpsuits, sheer and metallic skirts and dresses were shown worn over beaded leggings and skinny black trousers – a throwback to the 1990s. Classics were given a new contemporary flair, with feather clusters, metallic and glittery fabrics, velvet, and appliqué gems.

The look is rounded off with bold crystal-shaped clutch bags; brooches, necklaces and bracelets, boasting large amethyst stones; long gloves, and classic Chanel miniature bags. The ‘20s flapper-style shoe made a comeback in equally mysterious colour variations and new designs with see-through crystal heels surrounded by shards of glass.  We think that, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel remains in a league of its own.