Tweedy Terrain: Chanel Couture Fall 2011

Chanel Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree)

Chanel Couture Fall 2011
Reigning king of fashion Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong. Or can he? His Fall '11 Chanel Couture collection puts this statement on trial.

Perhaps Karl is catering to his elderly clientele with head-to-toe shapeless coverings encompassing tweed suits, leather gloves and matching boots? Even arm-warmers make their way into this hodgepodge collection. Particular dresses (a circus-inspired number, for example) are quite the head-scratchers. We appreciated, however, the experimentation with texture, the playful pops of fuchsia and the occasional ladylike silhouette we so crave.

The always abundant Chanel collection toyed with over-the-eye veils, bowler hats, school girl collars and lampshade silhouettes and a varied offering of dynamic tweeds. What Karl lacked in figure flattery was made up for in tactile luxury. Dark colors, modesty and an undeniable Chanel factor were the few cohesive elements to be found.

There's no doubt the Chanel fan base will be flaunting the latest work of the couture collection. We will be eager (read: curious) to see the designs on the street and red carpet. Many pieces are certain to work brilliantly as separates—Karl's undeniable expertise.

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