Chanel Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Posted on July 19, 2013

Chanel Fall 2013 Couture Collection




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  • YoungSally

    Love the long-tunic/short skirt proportion. Want want want the odd folded grey/white coat and the big black/white boucle sweater coat (both long and short).

  • Tatiana Luján

    The belts don’t work with most of the clothes they are paired with, but there are lots of amazing pieces in this collection.

  • aplomb

    Materials I could upholster my furniture, tile my bathroom or curtain a window with. But wear? That’s just crazy.

  • JasmineAM

    I just don’t “get” a lot of Chanel.

    • MGMcD

      Thank you! I always feel like I’m totally alone in having an interest in fashion yet never giving a shit about Chanel.

    • Daenyx

      Yep. My reaction halfway through was “aaaand I continue not to have any appreciation for the Chanel aesthetic. Kay.” Some of the pieces here are interesting, but most of it just looks absurdly awkward to me.

  • ToniMacAttack

    Everything would look 600 times better without the awkward hip-belts.

  • RedRaven617

    I love it. But I agree, there are some pieces that look weirdly finished with that wide belt sitting on the hips. But it is Channel and if Miley C can wear it, so could I. If I had money.

  • “Are you wearing the Chanel boots?”

    I am a Fashion “student” sophomore, at best, so please forgive ahead of time, but my overall impression is that a lot of these looks seem very classic Chanel tempered with a modern and/or a sci/fi edge. It’s an odd juxtaposition, in my opinion.

    • Oh, it’s quite clear that the predominating inspiration for this is the classic Chanel suit, and the nubbly textiles they were made from.

    • muzan-e

      I am probably way off target here (I aspire to being ‘sophomore’! *g*), but… of the initial pieces? the layered textiles, conflicting but not quite, and – to a degree – the proportions … feel very Japanese streetwear to me.

      • Monabel

        Yes, and the folded-back-up coat is pure 1996 Issey Miyake Vogue pattern 1793.

      • Nariya

        I got the exact same Japanese streetwear vibe. To me it’s some kind of meet-up involving Chanel classics, Shibuya and a bid for Kate Middleton’s attention.

    • Chipster

      I thought this collection was very futuristic as well but it made me think what the Blade Runner costumes would have looked like if designed by Channel.

  • Vanja

    Interesting shapes (for Chanel), but not really to my taste. Most of the fabric look very heavy and thick.

    I do love the infinity cubes dress.

    • ankali

      That dress is a stunner. Not blown away by most of the rest of the collection (though there are a few nifty coats), but that one is amazing.

  • Latin Buddy

    What annoys me the most is that if a Project Runway contestant sent this down the runway, everyone would rip them to shreds (rightfully so), but when Chanel does it, it is high fashion and brilliant.

    • Meg

      Yes! Totally agree. I find 85% of this collection awkward and unflattering.

    • sededed

      If you can’t see the difference in the level of construction between Chanel and PR contestants, you should see an optometrist.

      • Latin Buddy

        CONSTRUCTION aside, it’s not aesthetically pleasing. You can use all these amazing techniques and be intricately sewn…and still be unattractive.

  • Danielle L

    All that wool makes me itchy just looking at it.

  • I love this collection, and I loathe those inane coal scoop hats, which are unflattering even to the models.
    Oh, Uncle Karl!!!!

    • StellaZafella

      The proportions, even of the embellishments and accessories seem so large scale they’d be hard for a normal person to pull off…I’d be exhausted just trying to wear some of this without feeling swallowed up in “design”.
      That said, I would love to see how the Blue and the Black maxi-coats would be in the light of my day…even dressed in boy clothes.

    • Corsetmaker

      I’m thinking after the Mary Queen of Scots influence last collection he’s stayed in the 16th century. Those hats remind me a little of French hoods and Gable hoods.

      • Beardslee

        I knew they reminded me of something! I was thinking they are the hat equivalent of portrait collars. I kind of like them.

    • Vanja

      They remind me a bit of the hats of one the workmen in the Money For Nothing video of the Dire Straits.

    • Monkey Toe

      The hair and hat combo makes the models look like high fashion Daisy Duck impersonators.

    • makeityourself

      The coal scoop hats remind me of tricorns with only two points, so I guess they’re bicorns.

  • Trisha26

    Love the Frida Kahlo-stying. The knits are striking, love the asymmetric black with Nehru collar.

  • marlie

    I’m not loving it. It’s very “Chanel,” but this collection does nothing for me.

  • Belvane

    I kind of love this collection. It’s classic Chanel suit meets Twenties flapper meets T’Pau, High Priestess of Vulcan.

    • LostInThrace

      Exactly! It totally looks like what all the most fashionable Vulcan woman would wear. I love it.

    • BP180

      I love it too. I would buy half of these outfits if I were rich and Swinton-fierce.

  • Beardslee

    Mere mortals would have hard time with that wide belt across what is all to often a problem area. That black and grey palette is so dreary. Still, I love a lot of the textures and shapes here. Most of the gowns are lovely.

  • MilaXX

    I like the second half of the collection. I am really drawn to that gray longish dress in the middle.

  • Diego!

    I don’t know why, but I see Sharon Stone wearing this whole collection. I love it! This is fashion forward!

    • Shawn EH

      I’m seeing HBC in any of the black ones.

      • Diego!

        Yeah! Definetely HBC too! 😀

  • DinnerIsServed1972

    All those boot/legging things are making my knee pits sweat just looking at them.
    Damn is it hot today.

  • Shawn EH

    French resistance nuns, Romulan LBDs, and Bauhaus woven fabrics … I love it!

  • Corsetmaker

    All I can look at in this collection is that bloomin’ belt. All I can think as I scroll down is; there it is again,,, and again, and again and oh look a sparkly one and a shiny one and another black one. I need to go back and look again when I can get past the ever present belt!

  • nyazgirl

    The hats make me twitch, but the rest is pure amazing architecture. The lines and artistry of this collection was breathtaking.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m ready for it to be fall now.

  • SignLadyB

    Just emphasizes for me how pedestrian my tastes are. I don’t care for any of it. And the models are so androgyness.

  • Richard

    I like this collection, but a lot of the longer skirts/dresses end in really awkward places. The styling is very “Joan Crawford cowboy in space,” no?

  • boldprint

    I’ll take the little black suit, 6th one down.

    …Minus the hat.

  • Lady Orwellian

    That certainly gives one the feeling of being hunted by a Romulan Joan Crawford. Oy.

  • DamH

    I don’t get those grayish coats/dresses in former half the collection and those lifebuoy-like belts. And those mosaic dresses are interesting (some of them are great—- w/ those belts removed for sure)

  • Imasewsure

    Love the suits (more than most of the dresses for sure) but I am totally digging the Frieda Kahlo//Elizabethan styling and makeup on the models. Must have been imposing in person!

  • hughman

    I see retread 80s all over. The hair/Ouiji board hats is v. Boy George while the clothes (esp. playing with proportion) are v. Comme de Garcon/Junya Watanabe. Same with the broad hip belts which were an 80s staple. Not surprising given Karl’s affection for current street fashion.

  • luluransom

    Can’t unsee Boy George. Usually love your work Uncle Karl, but not feeling it today.

  • Jude Swift

    the fabrics themselves and the origami-like treatments are stunning – but the belts ruin the proportions!

  • Frank_821

    The styling is very severe. Very Vulcan/romulan

  • MemHey

    Thank you, I now have my wardrobe selected for my year in England. I will be well-equipped for visits to the North Sea as well as multiple visits with royalty. The fact that I am a Tennessee native validates my choice to keep the hats!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I was starting to feel kind of like Mikey, but I actually LIKE some of these pieces — the top half of the photos more than the bottom half. I’m looking forward to seeing knockoffs of some of these outfits filtering down into my price range.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Most of the gowns are meh and the belts do nothing for the overall look but….the coats. Oh, dear God in Heaven, those coats! *Swoons*

  • ampg

    I love almost all of the jackets/tops, I hate almost all of the leggings/skirts, I hate 90% of the belts, and I am ambivalent about the dresses. Personally, I tend to find big collections like this too much to process in one go, so I appreciate that this one leaves me with such strong opinions.

    • conniemd

      Completely with you. I found the jackets to be so wearable, here in the northeast for winter, the belts I hated because they made for some really strange looking proportions and hips and odd looking bodies. I couldn’t figure how some of the bottoms were held up given the placement of the belts so low on the hips.What really bugged me was given the tweedy, wintry look of the jackets and coats, even Chanel couldn’t resist the see-through trends for the legs on the dresses.

      Oh and burn those boot/leggins thingies please.

  • In_Stitches

    almost none of it’s wearable and that whole low slung thick belt thing that’s so pervasive through the majority of the collection isn’t working, but i love it none the less. It doesn’t look like a collection for slutty, yet proper, toddlers like most Chanel does to me. Nay, there’s a lot of thought-the geometic looks with a lot of texture, three dimensionality and color play are lovely ideas that I hope the house continues to explore further. Brava!

  • halleygee

    I love love love the fifth look from the bottom, I would wear that in a heartbeat. Funny how the belt works so well with some looks but not so much with others – overall like this collection a lot.

  • LaSylphide

    Love those two full length coats. Don’t love the belts or much of anything else. It all looks kind of fussy.

  • Jess

    I love me some classic chanel pieces but this whole line bores me, I’ve seen it before!

  • Darva Sutra

    … I must have ALL the fabric! Breathtaking! But what Uncle Karl actually did with it? Only about 50% successful, IMO. Most of these silhouettes are crimes against women, even on the models.

  • embers618

    I like almost every individual piece in this collection, I just don’t like the way a lot of them are combined or styled. I mean, seriously, that belt shape?

    • Oh my god, I hate that dropped giant belt thing with a passion. It ruins practically every look it’s included in – and as soon as you edit it out, the looks are marvelous. Ugh.
      Also, some of the quilted pieces make me think of Jay McCarroll and sigh wistfully.

  • VicD

    I hate the styling so much, hair, hats and makeup, that I can’t even focus on the clothes. Bringin’ the ugly Kaiser Karl.

  • I could SO see Emma Watson in some of the short dress/skirt creations. There’s a fun vibe to much of this, made me think of Swingin’ London in the time of Mary Quant and Penelope Tree.

  • Airkisses

    Holy moly, how many pieces are in this collection?!?! The 1st half doesn´t seem very youthful at all and I was kind of too burnt out by the 2nd half to notice what was going on…

  • crash1212

    In love with daytime looks. Long dresses are mostly crazy. Hair sails are absolutely hideous. And are those boot leggings? Bleggings?

  • DilettanteDeconstructed

    There’s so much of the same belt. It almost feels like someone took a belt and photoshopped it into the majority of these pictures. Is Chanel trying to make a belt meme?

    • altissima

      I know right? And it’s not even a particularly flattering belt. Barely looks ok on stick thin models: how’s it going to look on a real live human woman? Totally obliterates the waist.

  • Linda LaPaz

    That’s quite a lot of tweed.

  • Anniebet

    What. The. Hell? I can’t even see any fricking thing but those hideous hats, the nasty pompadours, and sour faces. Give me a while to get over my grump, and I’ll go back and try take the actual clothing in. Or not.

    Okay, I looked again. And I swear I cannot understand the need to make models as bizarre looking as possible. Maybe fashion industry peeps find it amusing and illuminating that designers vie to style their models in this manner, but as a regular person I find it ruins the effect of the clothing. It’s off-putting and offensive and detracting . Oh well, what do I know?

    Anyway, I love some of the individual pieces, find the color palette boring as hell, and can’t stop laughing at those belts.
    Sorry for the rant and long post.

  • Pennymac

    Ugh. We are Chanel. We can style anything our way because of this. Behold! Ugly-ass styling makes us cool, no?

    No. Really. You’ve taken beautiful women and beautiful clothes and styled them ugly on purpose. I find you pretentious. Now, go away, or I will taunt you a second time.

  • quiltwombat

    It all looks quite fugly to me – not a thing in there I would want to wear.

  • adnama79

    That is wow.


    I wouldn’t have thought that the classic Chanel tweed/suit could look that young and cool.


  • gurl boy

    The best haute couture from CHANEL in ages! Only hic up is the “Cowboy hat from TOY STORY”! GIDDY UP!

  • kategs

    Good lord.. what a bunch of awful lumpy clothing. I know because TLo told me so that the buyers don’t care about the hair makeup etc. But I still think it’s totally silly to style your models looking that sulky and flat dumb. ew

  • Esz

    Its not very wearable and the proportions are odd. Its all well and good to play with them but some ratios are just ugly…

  • quiltrx

    I’m honestly not sure what I think about this collection. It kind of gives me a weird headache, you know? Like I find something I like and something I dislike in every look.
    The jackets of course are fabulous, and I’m digging the tiled looks. I think my favorite is the black/silver long-ish dress with the Attic-Windows-type boxes.
    Oh, and the androgyny thing totally worked, Uncle Karl…I thought from the thumbnail that this was going to be menswear!

  • Aurumgirl

    This is all very early 1980’s–the low slung belts, the quasi-japanese design silhouettes, the coloured, heavy brows, the tall hair. I’m not crazy about it.

  • anotherkate

    It got a little Star Trek-y in the middle, and I much prefer the separates to the dresses, but overall, WOW. I’ve always loved tweed but now I feel like it’s been reimagined. Love all the pattern mixing, and the glittery pops. Beautiful.

  • AmeliaEve

    “Put some tweed on it.”

  • Meredith

    Just gotta say I LOVE EVERYTHING HERE. Love the heavy, study-looking, yet very feminine looking also elements.

  • Cameron Turner

    Not a fan

  • Nicole Walraven

    loves it. so chanel, yet so fresh.

  • Aaminah Khan

    I want to see so much of this on, say, Emma Watson. (Or preferably on myself.)

  • ballerinawithagun

    The worst Chanel ever. Where did that navy blue sailor look come from?

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Some of these looks are who I want to be.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Those belts though….no.

  • Louise Bryan

    Love, love, love the first part of the collection. Then they got all sheer and sleeveless and lost me.

  • pippitypup

    There’s edgy & hip.

    Then there’s “Derelique at the Landfill”.