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The 2 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 2 of Couture Fashion Week

Couture, old-fashioned? Not if two septuagenarians have anything to say about it. On the second day of the shows, Karl Lagerfeld, 79, incorporated elements of streetstyle at Chanel while Giorgio Armani, 78, gave a masterclass in women wearing pants at Armani Privé.

Couture, old-fashioned? Not if two septuagenarians have anything to say about it. On the second day of the shows, Karl Lagerfeld, 79, incorporated elements of streetstyle at Chanel while Giorgio Armani, 78, gave a masterclass in women wearing pants at Armani Privé.

Armani Privé Designer: Giorgio Armani

  • "Only a few living designers can execute a couture show where almost every look glistens as much with classic timelessness as it does with innovation. Giorgio Armani, 78, is one of them." [The Associated Press]
  • "When Armani's on form, with a non-tricksy pair of trousers on his mind, it's a treat. These trousers—and there were plenty of them in this Armani Privé collection—were silky, flat fronted, slim, with an architectural kick at the hem, sharp as a shark's fin." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "With the Oscars just a month away, it’s safe to assume that Uma Thurman and Hilary Swank, both in pride of place front row, were in search of the type of understated but ultra-luxe big entrance dress that Armani has clothed their ilk in since the 1980s. If their well-mannered applause was anything to go by, they may have found it." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Of course, there were pants galore, often in mikado satin and fitted to a practical fault. It was those pants that clarified a characteristic of Armani's couture: its tension, in radical opposition to the ease on which he founded his empire. He's working something out here. Today, the experiment yielded some fascinating results." []
  • "So, given that it’s highly likely that Armani will be attiring plenty of stars on the night itself, what might they be wearing? Well, you could bet the statuette that some of his elaborately constructed evening looks will come into play, if the recent trend for major, major scale below the waist, seen at the Globes, is going to continue." []
  • "An ethnic fusion of colour, shape and style." [ UK]
  • "Armani was warm and talkative during a backstage preview. 'You won’t find any more the Armani who does the male jacket,” he said. “Having courage means turning a page.' Perhaps so, but that doesn’t mean turning one’s back on a lifetime of beloved stimuli." [WWD]
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Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

  • "One palace, 90 oak trees and more than 3,000 bushes is the kind of decadence that spells only one thing: Chanel haute couture." [The Associated Press]
  • "Gothic garden party, anyone?" [Daily Front Row]
  • "Freed of the obligation to churn trends, Karl Lagerfeld gave a masterclass in relevance at Chanel's intimate couture show." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "Traditionally, we look to flowers in bloom, foliage, and the prettiest kinds of dresses for Spring: Karl Lagerfeld does that, too, but we don't get all the trappings of tradition without Lagerfeld's eye for edgier nuance and modernized femininity." [FabSugar]
  • "'It was beautiful, no?' Karl Lagerfeld said following his haute couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris today. And it certainly was that." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Models looked beautiful, albeit slightly crazed, with blow-out eyeliner, tussled hair and feather and tulle head pieces, which added to the drama of the moment and only added to the impact of the intricate creations." [The Independent]
  • "The show Tuesday was one of Karl Lagerfeld’s most beautiful collections: subtly realized, superbly inventive in the work of ateliers that can make flat, plastic petals bloom, and, above all, mindful of the reality of dressing Chanel’s many clients." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "You never really know where his imagination will take him, and whether the mood will have a Paris flavor or a German one, or whether it will turn out to be a bit of both. But the pleasure is in seeing how he alone defines Chanel, and fashion, in 2013." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "At the end, there were the twin brides with little one in tow. Don't say it's the 'modern family'. It's just girls looking great, keeping in sentiment with the rest of the show. Couture's about atmosphere and beauty, no need to analyse." [SHOWstudio]
  • "The concept of spreading oneself too thin is clearly as alien to Lagerfeld as the notion of gaining one single, solitary kilo. 'I always feel I can do better,' he said after the show. 'The minute you think you did it, you should stop.' And better he did this time—maybe even the best, in a while at least." []
  • "In Lagerfeld’s collection, a streak of German Romanticism brought a touch of shadowed drama to summer’s lightness." []
  • "A gothic take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream was what Karl Lagerfeld had in mind for his spring/summer 2013 couture show for Chanel this morning. And a dream it certainly was." [ UK]
  • "Who needs Shakespeare with Karl Lagerfeld in the wings? The Bard de la Mode enthralled his audience with a masterful Chanel collection, one that hit that high mark of haute, the glorious fusion of lavishness and chic." [WWD]