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If yesterday’s Dior haute couture show was a garden party, Chanel‘s today was a trip through an enchanted forest. Except, of course, these definitely weren’t the kind of clothes you’d want to wear to trudge through the mud.
What’s a regular Monday like for Victoria Beckham? Apparently, really amazing.
Karl Lagerfeld showed his fall Chanel couture collection at the Grand Palais this morning. The show was a brilliant mash-up of classic and modern, and we’ve got all the details.
Hot on the heels of their Vegas extravaganza, Chanel staged their spring 2012 couture show in Paris this afternoon. And perhaps in theme with the fleet of private jets they chartered over the weekend, models walked the sequined, drop-waisted wares down an airplane aisle rejiggered as a runway. Clever!
You can call her what you want, but there’s no denying there are a lot of cool accolades on Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour‘s resume. And now she can add one more: membership in France’s Legion d’Honneur.
We’re smack dab in the middle of Paris Haute Couture Week, a fashion phenomenon that happens twice a year and spawns a lot of jokes in which the word “haute” replaces the word “hot.” And even though it’s quite haute in France right now (see what we did there?) editors and stylists are looking at the clothes their very wealthy clients will be wearing once fall’s chill returns to the air.
Blake Lively, though certainly stylish, is as known for her proclivity for short skirts as she is for her love of low-cut tops, which is why it was almost refreshing to see her relatively covered up Wednesday night in an ivory confection from Chanel’s 2009 Couture collection. And then we realized she looked like a runaway bride.
Michelle Williams may not have won the Best Actress Oscar she was nominated for, but she did look quite lovely on red carpet.
Chanel‘s spring couture show was incredibly pretty. It really was. But we like our couture dramatic and daring, and Karl‘s version of couture generally errs on the side of sweet. That said, did you know that he used over 10 million beads in this collection alone?
Yesterday it was with great pleasure that we lauded the effortlessly chic ensembles Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan put together at the photocall for their film “Never Let Me Go.” But today, now that we have pictures of the red carpet from last night’s premiere of the same film, our heads are spinning from how both young actors seem to stay so on point all the time.
This week, we’ve been bringing you highlights from Paris Couture Week. Karl Lagerfeld walked a model in a stuffed lion mask down the runway, Dita Von Teese strutted Gaultier’s in a dominatrix outfit to which only she could do justice, and the models that walked the Dior runway brought new meaning to botanics. It’s easy to look at these elaborate runway shows and ogle over their extraordinariness. But when you take away Karl’s eight-ton lion, what exactly are we looking at? What is Haute Couture? And why does it have its own week?
Like most Americans we long ago came to terms with the fact that no matter how many trips to Paris or how many hours we spent listening to Muzzy on tape, we would never be authentically French. Translation: Never that innate breed of chic that can only come from bathing in the Seine. Alas, leave it to Vanessa Paradis, poster girl for all things Chanel clad, gap-toothed and muse-worthy to make us feel better about our life on this side of the pond.