Karl Lagerfeld did it again, in yet another outstanding off season runway show, this time for Chanel’s 2013 Cruise Collection. Set in the Gardens of Versailles arguably their most famous resident was clearly a key influence behind the collection; not the Eighteenth Century Marie Antoinette synonymous with the Palais de Versailles as you may think, but more of a 2006, Sofia Coppola, Marie Antoinette.
A multitude of pastel coloured, pageboy cropped wigs made their way down the catwalk, accompanied with interlocking C’s mimicking the beauty mark of MA, on the cheekbones of the models’ courtesy of makeup artist, Peter Philips.
Brocade, jewel embellishments and ruffles were key components of this year’s collection, adorning everything from jackets, to dresses, and even swimsuits. The dip dye trend of the last few seasons showed no signs of abating with wide brimmed hats bringing one of the most coveted trends of 2012 firmly into 2013. The show started with a very feminine and tranquil feel, with pastel colours, wide brimmed hats, lace and a mix of short dresses and long billowing skirts dominating the runway. This didn’t last long before a pair of leather embellished trousers and jacket to match bought a punk edge to the show. Many of the models were sporting creepers in a range of colours, including gold. Creepers and short, sparkly hemlines shouldn’t work unless it’s a Spice Girls fancy dress party, but somehow Karl pulled it off. The creepers create a very ‘wearable’ feel to each piece, as well as adding a punk edge to the collection: an echo of the pink converse of Miss Coppola’s Marie Antoinette?
The 2013 Cruise collection is yet another triumph for the Kaiser, with Eighteenth century inspiration colliding with 21st Century fashion to form an incredible collection and show. It is worth giving kudos not only to Karl, but also to Marie Antoinette, for it is something remarkable that a woman renowned for being at the forefront of fashion is still having a huge impact on one of the leading fashion houses three centuries on!