Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

Chanel Pre-Fall 2013

Scotland: Karl Lagerfeld has made a tradition of taking his Chanel pre-collections to far-flung locales in recent years, and this season, his choice of venue was especially compelling. The Linlithgow castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was born, provided the backdrop for his show. Lagerfeld claimed that the first French poem he learned was about the tragic life of Mary, and the dark romance of her story permeated the collection. The rich tradition of Scottish dress also provided plenty of inspiration; Fair Isle and fisherman sweaters, kilts and sporrans, argyle and all manner of tartans were reimagined in sophisticated Chanel style. The Scottish and regal references remained consistent from start to finish. Even the last passage of looks, a haunting procession of embellished ivory pieces, was fit for a lovelorn queen. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Long layers / Columnar / A-line / Oversized

Color: Black / Forest green / Grey / True red / Maroon / Navy / Brown / Ivory / Burnt orange / Gold / White

Key Items: Kilts / Fair Isle sweaters / Tartan coats / Sweater dresses

Materials: Tweed / Brushed wool / Bouclé / Chunky yarns / Crisp cotton shirtings / Organza / Leather / Lace

Print + Pattern: Argyle / Tartan / Fair Isle

Details + Trim: Beading / Contrast trim / Ruffle necks / Pleats / Tiers / Edwardian collars / Buckles / Pearls

Accessories + Footwear: Wool scarves / Pearl earrings / Chokers / Long multi-strand necklaces / Berets / Beaded bracelets / Furry gloves / Sporrans / Quilted or jeweled clutches / Patterned tights / Chunky socks / Fur boots / Mary Janes / Flat booties / Lace-up boots


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