The Future Looks Bright at Chanel Couture

Post-apocalyptic fever seems to have reached an all-time high (there are no less than five movies about the end of the world coming out this summer). And now, Karl Lagerfeld has caught the bug too: For his Fall 2013 Chanel Couture show, the Kaiser tricked out the Grand Palais so it looked like it was half crumbling, and set up a futuristic backdrop onstage.
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Post-apocalyptic fever seems to have reached an all-time high (there are no less than five movies about the end of the world coming out this summer). And now, Karl Lagerfeld has caught the bug too: For his Fall 2013 Chanel Couture show, the Kaiser tricked out the Grand Palais so it looked like it was half crumbling, and set up a futuristic backdrop onstage.
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Post-apocalyptic fever seems to have reached an all-time high (there are no less than five movies about the end of the world coming out this summer). And now, Karl Lagerfeld has caught the bug too: For his Fall 2013 Chanel Couture show, the Kaiser tricked out the Grand Palais so it looked like it was half crumbling, and set up a futuristic backdrop onstage.

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"The decor for Chanel earlier was faded old world meets city of the future," Vogue Paris tweeted.

"Theatre Chanel -- the old and new world. It's actually some kind of fiber board but so convincing," Cathy Horyn tweeted.

It might have been the city of the future, but the biggest stars of today were on-hand to watch the show. Rihanna and Kristen Stewart both scored invites (we think this is both of their first Chanel shows?) and showed their appreciation in the only ways they know how: Rihanna went basically naked save for a long, perilously unbuttoned cardigan. And Kristen Stewart sat front row and didn't smile at all.

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Michael Pitt was also there--he's a brunette now!

As for the clothes, our woman on the ground there Alice Pfeiffer described the collection, "in a nutshell," as "more future, less goth--a more hopeful, gentler warrior."

"This time, the core silhouettes were composed of cropped skirts worn on top of ankle-length, narrow skirts, and extra wide belts worn on the hips, with soft slip-on tigh-high boots."

The rectangular tweed headpieces, Pfeiffer noted, "perpetuated the Coco from the Future feel that started last season with blue helmet wigs à la Enki Bilal."

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If we're going to be wearing funny hats in the future, we'll take the fall 2013 couture hats over those furry helmets any day.

The show closed with a bit of a surprise: Erin Wasson, who hasn't been a regular on the runway for years, did the finale walk in a futuristic bridal look: White tweed coat, frothy white skirt and a veil. She also accompanied Karl for his bow (sans coat) and did her best Quvenzhané Wallis impression. "The bride of Karl: Erin Wasson," Style.com tweeted.

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Photos: Getty & Imaxtree

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