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.

My Style - Presenter Louise Roe

Louise Roe: Television presenter, fashion journalist, stylist, shoe fanatic...

Having first graced our screens as a glossy cast member on MTV’s The City, Louise Roe fast and fabulously became a regular face on all the most glamourous of red carpets interviewing Hollywood's finest. Covering the recent MTV Movie Awards, VMA’s and EMA’s, co-hosting E!’s live coverage of the Royal Wedding, Louise also presents the MTV reality makeover show ‘Plain Jane,’ where she transforms women, inside and out, with the help of a new wardrobe and confidence-building exercises, in order to surprise their secret crushes.

Alongside her presenting, Louise has designed a range of shoes and jewellery for, fronted several campaigns over the last few years (stylish and hot – her legs are endless…) and she has somehow managed to find the time to share her fashion wisdom and advice in Elle,, In Style, Glamour, Cosmopolitan… and now with us at The London Chatter!

My Style In 3 Little Words – Bright, 70's, Heels!

This Season Every Gal Needs – Something orange.

My British Fashion Icons (Past & Present) – Princess Diana & Carey Mulligan.

My Favourite Highstreet Store – Jaeger.

My Favourite Boutique – Diptyque.

My Favourite British Designer – Giles Deacon.

At Gunpoint; Bags OR Shoes – Shoes!

My First Fashionista Memory – During my first fashion week while working for Elle, I went backstage at Giles Deacon and interviewed Linda Evangelista.

My Saturday Night Outfit – Leather jeggings from M&S and a burnt orange blazer from Zara.

My Sunday Brunch Outfit – A loose maxi dress and flat sandals.

OMG I Can’t Believe I Wore – A pink puffball skirt, pink fishnets and pixie boots to my sister's birthday… I was in my early teens.

Forget My Last Meal, My Last Outfit Would Be – Leopard print wedges by Giuseppe Zanotti and perhaps a huge, stunning Marchesa gown…Go out in style!

My Style Tip – Wear something because it fits, not because it's cool.

Above: Lou Does Good Shoe

Series 2 of 'Plain Jane' starts on October 19th at 8pm on MTV