Paris: Karl Lagerfeld’s seasonal challenge at Chanel is less one of invention and more one of re-interpretation; he is tasked with discerning the manner in which Chanel tweeds, jerseys, tipping, and pearls can find relevance in fashion’s current moment. For F/W 12, Lagerfeld experimented with a youthfully “stacked” silhouette in which pants anchored a myriad of looks. The aforementioned weren’t just any pants though, but a decidedly fresh pair cut in a slim cropped-stovepipe shape and worn with a jean’s attitude. Like the chicest Parisian student, this season’s Chanel girl wore hers under dresses, with blown-out scale coats, beneath chunky fractal-intarsia sweaters, and even with a sheer blouse and skirt for cocktail. With this presentation, Lagerfeld at Chanel threw his hat in the ring among those proposing exciting new silhouette concepts this season. —Kibwe Chase-Marshall

Silhouette: Stacked / Voluminous / Lean / Boxy / Waisted / A-line / Fit-and-flare

Color: Black / Inky navy / Currant / Graphite / Slate / Ivory / Teal / Fuchsia / Grape / Curry

Key Items: Stovepipe pant / A-line coat / Chunky tunic-sweater / Sheer-silk blouse and skirt

Materials: Dense cashmere coating / Wool garberdine / Multi-tone tweed / Silk crepe / Wool boucle / Silk chiffon / Lace / Treated denim / Tweed-textured lace / Metallic ciré

Print + Pattern: Hand-painted border-scarf print / Multi-tone abstract

Details + Trim: Bugle bead embroidery / Heart-mobius sweater appliqué / Released pleating / “Fractal” paneling / Gusset pockets / Binding / Paillette bordering / Contrast topstitch / Faceted-jewel shank buttons

Accessories + Footwear: Self-fabric belt / Asymmetrical Mary Jane / Fingerless glove / Cuff Pochette / Classic clutch / Camellia pin


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