PFW: Chanel SS'14

Karl Lagerfeld’s transformed the stark, white-walled Grand Palais into an art gallery setting for his SS’14 Chanel collection during Paris Fashion Week.  As well as exhibiting several installations and sculptures, such as an awesome Chanel No 5 robot, artists including KandinskyPollockOldenberg and Duchamp also heavily influenced the ninety-odd designs that still managed to remain identifiably Chanel.  

The headphone’esq pearl bauble necklaces really caught my attention, as did the model’s themed, artistic eye make up.  The  monochrome socked patent court shoes(below) were almost certainly chic on the day, but the practicality of this footwear is clearly questionable!  Right... I'm off to buy a peroxide wig. 

Below (L-R) Clockwise:  I do sooo love a Chanel FROW!!  Lou DillonVanessa ParadisPoppy DelevigneLeigh LezarkLaura Bailey and Caroline Sieber

PFW - Chanel SS'13

‘Fashion Month’ always ends on a high in Paris with the iconic French fashion houses in competition to put on the most memorable of shows.  Chanel was never going to disappoint. Karl Lagerfeld had models parade his SS’13 Chanel collection along a wind turbine and solar panel lined runway in the cavernous hall of the Grand Palais.  Playing with this concept of wind and energy, the collection was, as Lagerfeld explained, “all about volume and lightness, because usually volume and lightness don’t go together.” 

Left:  Karl Lagerfeld in THAT shirt and THAT tie. A huge difference to usual monochromatic style.

Below:  The towering wind turbines. “Energy is the most important thing in life,”  Karl Lagerfeld told reporters backstage after the show.

The collection reflected the traditional heritage of the label and the elegance of Coco Chanel, particularly reflected in the tweed and pearl embellishment but with a distinctly modern aesthetic.  I really enjoyed seeing the cocoon cuts and bell sleeves which provided a relaxed feel amongst the summery, neutral colour palate that was chosen. 
Below and Left:  Before this model had even left the catwalk this hoola-hoop style handbag had caused a veritable storm on the Twittersphere.  I can't imagine this being the easiest of bags to manipulate whilst shopping, dancing or on the tube?!  I cannot wait to see who is seen out and about next summer with this particular piece of arm/shoulder candy! 

Above and Below:  Oversized pearls embellished a huge proportion of the Chanel SS'13 collection, with many of the models also wearing pearl chokers around their necks and pearl clusters around their wrists, and they all wore a single pearl in their ponytails. 

Below:  My favourite piece from the collection - the movement in this dress was gorgeous.

Below:  The beautiful Chanel-clad FROW (L-R)  Stylist (and fashion favourite of mine) Caroline Sieber, model Laura Bailey, DJ Leigh Lezark and model Poppy Delevigne.

HAWT - Caroline Sieber in Chanel

Hawt = A late 1940's and early 1950's acronym for "Having A Wonderful Time."
Now the word is used on the internet as slang for something reeeeally hot.

Above: Abiding by all this year’s strict dress code instructions, super stylist Caroline Sieber (whose personal style I adore - see here) looked impossibly chic on the first day of Royal Ascot.  Wearing a textured Chanel dress (she is one of their Ambassadors) with Louis Vuitton shoes and a feathered headpiece, Caroline Sieber looked the perfect spectator at the 300 year old racing event.  My favourite Ascot outfit by a furlong…

Below: At the entrance to Royal Ascot this year there are ‘Dress Code Assistants’ carefully surveying hemline lengths, dress straps and headwear whilst armed with emergency pashminas/poshminas to cover up the most obvious of fashion offences.  As a real fascinator-hater (fascinhater!) I am thrilled that ladies are now only permitted entrance if wearing a hat or wide-brimmed headpiece: The Hat Is Back. I would recommend Jane Taylor Millinery or Victoria Grant for some truly exceptional and unique headcandy.

La Belle de Jour - Caroline Sieber in Paris

Vienna raised/London based super stylist Caroline Sieber, stepped out to watch the Chloé fall 2012 runway show ten days ago during Paris Fashion Week in this more than gorgeous ensemble.  

Wearing the enviable collection of a navy Pringle of Scotland sweater over her sugar pink Chloé dress, a Maison Michel hat, a Christopher Kane clutch and a pair of (I would sell my own Granny to own) Louis Vuitton bowed heels, Caroline looked the epitome of simple Spring elegance.

As one of only five brand ambassadors for Chanel, Caroline Sieber frequently tops all the most prostegious ‘Best Dressed’ lists, alongside her famous clients.  Caroline lists Balenciaga, Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent, Charles Anastase, Burberry Prorsum, and of course Chanel, as her favorite designers and brands. New Style Crush.

Below:  Caroline Sieber in some of my other favourite looks...