The video above and images below show Chanel and karl Largerfelds Fall/Winter 2012/2013 fashion collections from the Paris fashion Week. The collections have been receiving some scathing criticism from various fashion writers, who claim that Chanel is loosing it's originality, becoming stale and unoriginal, and merely a name people buy because it's "Chanel".
We feel the collection is certainly dark, and there are touches which could be said to have been seen before, but what wrong with that? Winter clothes should be dark, and as for being unoriginal, as ever Largerfeld produced a stunning show, reminiscent of Supermans ice caves, you expected to see Jor-El jump out from behind one of the huge faux crystal structures at any moment! Rather than unoriginal and dull, this out of this world themed show and collection seemed solid, elegant as ever, and genuinely wearable, rather than the conceptual schtick we are used to.
On the subject of the show, Largerfeld appeared to have developed a novel solution to the massively oversubscribed Chanel shows, rather than a conventional catwalk, which is becoming less and less common these days, or even a wide area with generous seating, as you can see in the video, he presented a huge open space, with the crystaline structures placed al around, and huge numbers of seats around the edge, the models walked round and round several times, giving all viewers a look, then returned to change, and pop back out again, novel indeed.
Chanel's Fall/Winter 2012/2013 collections will be available in stores by the end of August 2012.