Who run the world? Karl. And Chanel, of course.
For Chanel's fall 2013 collection, designer Karl Lagerfeld had a massive rotating globe installed in the center of the Grand Palais. Tiny double 'C' flags dotted the globe indicating Chanel stores all over the world. There are a lot of 'em.
That was the message today: Chanel is a worldwide brand for a globetrotting gal. If the stories-high globe (it nearly scraped the glass roof of the Grand Palais) didn't drive the message home, then the soundtrack, Daft Punk's "Around the World," certainly did. While most luxury brands are scrambling to become more global--especially when it comes to tapping into the Asian market--Chanel's on top of it.
There are Chanel girls the world over. And we're calling them "girls" because this collection felt particularly youthful, futuristic even. Models orbitted the globe in flat combat boots dripping with chains, thigh high leather socks and flirty skirts--a toughened up take on the school girl look. The classic tweeds and skirt suits took on a sharp, angular silhouette--especially the skirts, which flared out to a point.
In a season where the coat has been a key piece, Lagerfeld added several strong offerings to the mix, including an A-line overcoat with the pockets folded up, and a thick mullet-hemmed number that opened the show.
As for the It-bag from this collection, there was, alas, no rival to last season's hula hoop bag, but we're sure there will be a wait list for the globe shaped minaudiere. And those pastel-colored fur helmuts will also probably pop up on the street style scene next year.
It's impressive how, season after season, Lagerfeld manages to deliver nearly 80 looks that satisfy not only Chanel's longtime customers--the ladies who lunch of the world--but also the fashion-savvy teen who aspires to wear Chanel. As we've seen with Saint Laurent, it's a rare feat for a brand to pull off--but Lagerfeld does it again and again.