Vintage Chanel steals the show at Paris fashion week

Raf Simons had his first show under Dior in Paris fashion week haute couture. He went all out with flower decorations for the walls, a princess in the front row and a new Look.

But, Karl Lagerfeld is not one to bite. Though, after the first day it seemed like Raf Simons was going to give Lagerfeld a run for his money. But the next day, Karl Lagerfeld came with a collection that was breathtaking, fresh and everything the Dior collection was not.

With thirty years of designing for Chanel, he knew what he had to do. He went back to his roots and brought a vintage collection to the runway. He stuck to grey and pink palettes and brought a refined looking collection. With ruffles and fringes and not even with excessive of those, the collection managed to look more spring-like than winter.

He named his collection New Vintage and said that he wanted his collection to have a casual, modern elegance. His front row was not empty either. Diane Kruger, the German actress along with Milla Jovovich, the actress turned model who is also a fashion designer attended the show. Sofia Coppola was also seen to attend the show.

Chanel’s favorite color black had to take a back seat while the designer concentrated on his grey and sorbet pinks. The collection had body skimming dresses with a little of black and cream. Suits, coats and evening dresses were the highlights of the show. What really stole the show was a silver satin gown and a black velvet dress. Grand Palais was comfortably decorated with coffee tables and wicker chairs that seemed to read more comfort than fashion.

Lagerfeld named his new look handbag after his much famed kitten Choupette. Choupette already had followers on twitter, even before he lent his name to an haute couture handbag.

Trousers and grey were the recurring elements of both Dior’s and Chanel’s show. Dior kicked off its show with trouser suits and Chanel had trousers in their evening wear.  The shades of grey that were featured in both the collection suggest the direction fashion will take this year.

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