Paris Fugshion Week: Chanel Spring/Summer 2013


It’s very vexing to me that, of all the shows in Milan and Paris, Chanel and Gucci were the only ones in our image subscriptions. So much for that grand plan. But, at least we get to ogle one that brought a wacky handbag and some see-through hats, right? So let’s ogle what Karl sent down the runway, put on our turbans, and divine which celebs might wear it all. Be forewarned: I’m going to use Blake Lively’s name a lot.

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  1. Kate
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    lord what is UP with the puffy sleeves? who is that flattering on? Also, the faux halter dresses…why are they cut so that the outside of each boob pops out? haven’t we been plagued by the dreaded boobpit enough?

  2. Eliza Bennett
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    I think Zoe Saldana should have a crack at a few of these. she is also pin thin, and takes smart risks. Stop giving Alexa Chung ideas. She snoreifies everything by contact.

  3. Dazie
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    I like the first few outfits, and the column dresses with the flowers. The rest? OH HONEY NO.

    The shoes though- the shoes intrigue me and I’d like to subscribe to their newsletter.

    • lilywise
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      I agree. The shoes can come visit my closet now.
      That is the most hilarious “purse” I have ever seen.

    • JillB
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      Most of the strapless dresses just look like fancy towels. All the models look drugged or miserable. Why don’t they smile or at least just have a pleasant neutral look? They are all dead eyed.

  4. TaraMisu
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    #12 reminds me of the potholders I used to make in Girl Scouts.

    • Kristen Bryant
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      YES! Gawd, I used to love making those potholders as a kid. I felt so artsy and fancy and stuff, making potholders with nylon strands that probably melted if anything warmer than a bowl of soup was placed on them. Ah, youth.

  5. Dazie
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    Oh- and maybe that purse pops open to be a beach chair?

  6. Carrie
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    Maybe it’s just my reaction to how thin runway models are, but am I the only one who thinks everything looks like two sizes too big on these ladies? Like, I can see a lot of these items being way better looking if it didn’t look like they were being modeled as little girls in their moms’ closets.

  7. Kit
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    “mammarial landscaping” is my phrase of the day! Thank you Heather! :)

    • vandalfan
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      Exactly. And I can tell you ladies, that landscaping is done with the equivalent of backhoes, a grader, and plenty of concrete blocks when you hit that Certain Point In Life.

      The woven fabric was made from those Hasbro children’s looms from 1960, that you made Grandma a potholder from. And who wears leather and quilting in the summer?

  8. Art Eclectic
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    It’s too bad your feed didn’t include any of Stella McCarntey’s contributions, that was some really fugly effort by a true master of the field.

    • Sandra
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      The Stella’s show wasn’t included in their image subscriptions.

      As for Kaiser Karl, wherever he’s finding his inspiration, he certainly ain’t Chanel-ing Coco’s spirit. With the exception of #6, which would be a whole lot better if it was half a foot longer, these are pretty awful. I know that he’s supposed to bring his own ideas to the table, but this stuff is pretty cartoon-y. I miss the days when fashion was meant to make people look good. Though I must say the clothes would look a hell of a lot better if the models didn’t look like very angry aliens. Who really thinks that powder-blue glittery eye bruises help anything?

      • Art Eclectic
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        I meant to say “subscription” instead of feed …too much time on FB ;) I agree with your assessment of Karl. I frankly think he doesn’t really like women, his clothes are designed for hangers, not human beings with actual boobs and butts. Then there are the aggressively emaciated models at a time when the rest of the industry is starting to move in the other direction. AND eye make-up usually seen only at Amateur Transvestite Night at the Pussycat Lounge. Dude does want to dress women beautifully and stylishly.

  9. Chasmosaur
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    H&J – are you guys not quite old enough to really feel how incredibly 80′s this entire line was? I can totally remember puffy sleeved outfits myself.

    That being said – it’s Chanel – at least they do it well. And I will take the nun dress in my closet yesterday, thank you.

    Also – is Emma Watson still wearing Chanel? I don’t know since she jumped from Chanel to Burberry.

  10. Goober
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    I’m obviously in the minority, but i think this whole collection is AMAZING. When these are streamlined for real people to wear we’ll all be drooling. I love love love the colors and textures and I want Diane Kruger in EVERY SINGLE ONE.

  11. sop
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    What a great idea – hats that you don’t actually wear but just carry everywhere with you. Hats for people who don’t suit or want to wear hats maybe?

    • annee
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      I need one of those hats to suspend above my bird feeder so the squirrels can’t jump onto it.

  12. Kristen from MA
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    I like the green Lego bag. Pass on everything else.

    • Anita
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      I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw it (and liked it) and immediately thought “Lego”. Between that and the hula hoop bag, I think I see a trend.

  13. Kat
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    Wow. Methinks Karl has been spending too much time with Choupette. Maybe he should let her have a crack at the next line… it couldn’t hurt.

    I feel like this line lacks a lot of the traditional subltely that Chanel is known for. Seems a bit like it’s trying too hard. Karl, get your head in the game!

  14. laucie
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    Such uninspired shapes, with so many dresses modeled after terrycloth wraps, although some wonderful fabrics. But I was distracted in every picture by the truly ugly, identical eye makeup on every model, combined with the mostly unflattering, universally boring hair.

  15. D
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    I feel like he’s been doing this so long that he’s forgotten what women’s bodies are actually shaped like. I like a lot of the patterns and details, but the shapes overall completely suck.

  16. Hannah
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    re: #19 – the Widow Longoria FTW.

  17. SaltyAnn
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    Phrase of the day: = “alien crotch terrorist”
    hahahahahahahaha!

  18. CJG
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    I am at the point where i I think Karl Lagerfeld is messing with us. You know, like how at the end of his life, Picasso would drape a bra on a wheelbarrow to see if everyone would go gaga over it just because he did it. I feel like that’s what Karl Lagerfeld is doing. He can be brilliant, no doubt. But this season (as well as the last one, the one on the plane), he has come up with truly odd clothing with odd silhouettes that don’t even flattering the models. I have to wonder if this is all an ego trip experiment, churning out abomination after abomination, to see if people will still rave.

    Coco Chanel was surely innovative, but it wasn’t innovation for the sake of innovation. It was always for a very concrete and pragmatic purpose: her use of jersey (which was used for men’s underwear only at the time) for women’s day wear was a revolution, but it was to make women more comfortable, make a corset unnecessary. Before Chanel, women really would only wear a black dress for mourning; Coco Chanel made the LBD chic. One item that could flatter and be worn many different ways for many different occasions with the use of different accessories. The LBD was revolutionary but it was (and still is) a cost-effective item that can make women’s lives simpler.

    This collection may be “innovative” but to what end? These clothes don’t do anything for women; they don’t even flatter them.

    • vandalfan
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      Well said.

      • Francesca
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        Just because it’s Karl Lagerfeld and just because it’s Chanel, I felt like I was supposed to like it. But I couldn’t get past an underlying vision of little kids in big, down jackets, whose arms stuck out to the side because the fabric was so puffy. You described perfectly the issues with this line.

    • Kat
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      SO well put! Is art for art’s sake really art at all? Now I’m getting dizzy, but anyway, very well said, and I absolutely agree with you. He needs to get back to the basics of what makes Chanel so legendary.

  19. Lindy
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    Those clothes were just aggressively ugly!

  20. mochaleet
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    Chanel always gives me a headache. Their perfume and the lines of their clothing, both.

  21. ok
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    1. The eye makeup is truly horrendous– in the sense that it wasn’t even “interesting,” nor did it flatter any of the models.

    2. If any of the Emmas get first dibs, it’s gonna be Watson, since she is the face of Chanel.

    • Elaine
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      Thank you! I’m so glad someone else said it – I didn’t even notice half the clothes because I was so distracted by the frosted blue eye shadow. Thanks, Karl, now my 7th grade past-self feels self-righteously justified in her horrid makeup choices.

      That said, the green jacket (with slimmer sleeves) is divine.

  22. mrs o
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    Pretty sure I need that giant beach bag…

  23. Trace
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    I was once in Paris during Fashion Week. Lots of scarily thin women with legs that don’t meet in the middle wondering around.

  24. Karen
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    Gosh. I guess I’m in a minority here, but I liked about 80% of these. And I also thought I could get away with a bunch of them, despite having a certain amount of mammarial landscaping.

    Maybe I just have no taste?

  25. Jax
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    My primary takeaway from this runway show is that a lot of the models look pissed — most likely because they are going through their post-adolescent brooding phase. I mean, seriously, don’t half the models look like they are under 15?

  26. Chrissy
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    There are some interesting ideas here, but very few things anyone could actually wear and look good in. To me, especially because I live in a warm climate, these are not spring/summer, but more autumn/winter. They are full of tweed, quiliting, longer sleeves, dark colors. Even some of the white ones are quilted. I would sweat to death in most of them. Also, some of the models look really ugly. I know that’s mean, but it’s the styling and makeup I think. I just don’t understand why they try to make the models look irritable and unattractive.

  27. Danni
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    I think I secretly want that giant hula-purse. Then I just need to find lots of semi-circular documents to go in it.

    I believe that Dolce & Gabbana had some dresses that were even more burlap-sacky. Not too flattering there either.

  28. Caroleena Stantonova
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    This was a poofy parade of ugly, skeletal skanks! Except for STELLLLLLAAAA! The clothes are one big snooze fest.

  29. pantsonfire
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    So I really just wanted to say that the writing for this slideshow is great. The reference to pillar candles in slide 5 is perfect and slide 20 is just brilliant.

    I had a difficult time evaluating the actual clothes because the awkward jackets were distracting. I think the volume of the sleeves and where the shoulder seam hits (below the shoulder on the arm) create the linebacker effect. Elizabeth Olsen LOVES this style.

    With that caveat, I can dig 5, 8, and 23. Love the print of the jacket in 24. And I think I love the flower dresses in 31. I adore #7, but would not wear the jacket and shorts together. And if I did wear the jacket, I’d make it more of a conventional Chanel jacket and wear it with the windmills and perfectly worn in jeans. And yeah, 11 has Kruger written all over it; I actually like the one on the right, myself…very Seussian.

  30. jenny
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    My eyes, slide #27, my eyes!

  31. Dani
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    I feel slide 9, or the “bulap sack”, is a look Rashida Jones will try. I don’t want that to happen.

    I also agree with everyone else on the comments on Chanel as a brand. For several years Chanel collections have felt just too much and trying to hard and Chanel should be neither of those things.

  32. jules
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    Oh my sweet lord, so seriously UNDERWHELMED.
    Really? This is Chanel? if this is the case, give me Review (Australian brand) anyday.

  33. Tessa
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    Most of these clothes are just so unbelievably boxy and ugly – yuck! None of it looks good.

  34. Squirrel!
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    Mammarial landscaping hahahahaha!

    The accessories make me think of Scrubbing Bubbles.

  35. Lion
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    These clothes (and fabrics) do have very interesting structure. I love them!

  36. Shiitake
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    Does the beach bag open into a sun shelter or chair?

    Sheesh…

  37. Jane
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    I LOOKED AT EVERY SLIDE AND THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ITEM OF CLOTHING IN THIS SHOW I WOULD ACCEPT EVEN IF IT WERE TAILORED FOR ME. EACH APPEARS TO BE DESIGNED BY A MISOGYNIST. THE SLEEVES, JACKETS, PROPORTIONS ARE ALL UNFLATTERING. THE SEVERE HAIRSTYLES AND MAKEUP ONLY INTENSIFY THE OVERALL UNATTRACTIVE IMPRESSION THESE MODELS MAKE. THE SHOES ARE THE ONLY THING I FIND CUTE. KARL HATES WOMEN!!!

  38. e
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    I agree with Jane. the whole thing blecht. and EH? Must hate women to do that shit. And I also agree the shoes were nice like I want. But JEEEEEEEZ! When will designers get a clue? KARL?

  39. Nora
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    I love your back to the future reference – you are totally right – that is exactly what those sleeves look like!!!

  40. Jessica Greenman
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    I think we should make our own clothes. By hand.