Chanel F/W 2011

Paris: Set design always plays an important role in a Chanel show (see F/W 10’s giant iceberg), and this season’s scorched earth and ominous fog signaled a dark mood. Many of the clothes embodied the ruggedness of the scene; jeans were rumpled and distressed, tweed jackets looked chopped off and layered on top of utility jackets. These were not the prim and fancy clothes one expects from Chanel. Though Lagerfeld made sure not to neglect his loyal clients with tailored pants and kicky skirt suits, the new grunge-y feel was still evident with looser fits and layering. Pant legs were decidedly wider and sweaters were oversized and slouchy. Evening looks took a more gothic turn, with layered sheers and lace, mostly in black. Embellished lace jumpsuits were a dressed up take on the quilted versions shown earlier in the show, and their delicacy contrasted brilliantly with the tougher looks. A major departure for Lagerfeld and Chanel, the collection captured the season’s 90s vibe and incorporated it beautifully into the glamorous world of Chanel.

Color: Black / Shades of grey / Ivory / Jade green / Olive / Brick red

Key Items: Rumpled jeans / Slouchy cardigan / Jumpsuits / Wide-leg trousers

Materials: Tweed / Denim / Shearling / Leather / Lace / Tulle / Chiffon / Wool suitings

Details + Trim: Sequins / Jewel and flower appliqués / Pleating / Gathering / Layering / Quilting

Accessories + Footwear: Chunky cuffs / Lace and chiffon fingerless gloves / Chain strap bags / Patterned hosiery / Chunky wool socks / Ladylike pumps / Lace-up booties / Flat lace-up shoes / Buckle boots

View Collection Images

View Runway Video

View Runway Video

Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.

WGSN Insider Bulletin

Request a demo to experience WGSN.

Related Stories

Catwalk trend alert: Tea biscuit

Fashion Month: Stats and season highlights

London Fashion Week S/S 19: Editors' picks