Chanel Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on October 02, 2013







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  • homofascist

    I got it at Chanel. TOTALLY blew my allowance.

    • Pterodactyl111

      Yeah, the beat up hot pink tweed is not working for me.

  • I want Marge Simpson’s go-anywhere boucle suit from Chanel. Not this. Strangely I love the spats though.

    • kimmeister

      At first I thought they were sock-boots!

  • Sarah Thomas

    Most overrated designer in fashion.

  • hughman

    Missoni much?

    • hellkell

      Not to mention the full-on raid of Betsey Johnson’s color palette.

  • mlle

    Someone needs to explain the outfit where the model is wearing a sweater but no top.

    • boweryboy

      Bare breasts are the newest accessory for Spring 2014.

      • Imasewsure

        Yes from now on I am leaving my bra and cammies at home. Bet there’s a big promotion or some kind of major change in store for me !!!

        • Donna Tabor

          Major change, for sure. Probably not a promotion.

          • Constant Reader

            Depends on the boss.

        • Stella Zawistowski

          Don’t forget to wear the cardi two sizes too small.

      • mhleta

        Whore is the new black.

    • KateK

      seriously. I almost did a spittake when I saw that one. Because ya know, anyone who’s conservative enough to rock a sweater tied around their shoulders over a cardigan would totally do so without wearing a top or bra underneath. What’s he thinking?

      • he was thinking “boobs…yes, that’ll grab some attention.”

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        No, no woman in the real world is going to do that nipple thing-for the office, and most mainstream jobs it isn’t professional, and damn few women want to deal with the wolf whistles, sneers and leers that such a look brings.
        I know this runway business is part fantasy,but the nipples and bare breasts just are silly.

      • Sarah

        I agree with you, but I would suggest that just as they don’t expect you to wear various other things that walk the runway (cray shoes, headdresses, garments, etc.), they aren’t expecting you to really walk around naked IRL. It is the difference between what is de rigueur in Fashionland and what those of us who live normal, non-nude lives expect to see. It’s just a device for the runway, like white lipstick or flowerpot hats. Not that I’m defending it, because you don’t see guys walking the runway with their junk out, but there it is.

        • demidaemon

          It’s still stupid, but I think it would be hilarious–and titillating, hee–to see it gender reversed.

      • mlle

        I don’t mind the sheers when it feels like art, since some stuff designers send down the runway is aesthetically worthwhile even though it could never translate into the real world. Things like that bother me when they turn into gimmicks. “OK, we’re doing edgy this season, so that means boobs and crazy eye makeup, and shoes inspired by mousetraps.”

        • KateK

          i agree that sheers can sometimes be artsy, and I’m cool with that. but it’s effectively executed in very few of the collections we’ve seen in the past few weeks. it’s starting to look more like a default setting for “edgy” or just lazy designing. and i know it’s not new to runways, but its prevalence this season is giving me nipple fatigue. it’s like playing Where’s Waldo waiting for the model with the exposed nipples to hit the catwalk.

      • Corsetmaker

        Ach, there’s always nipples on the Paris catwalks, has been as long as I can remember, I never see what the fuss is. It’s just that the sheer fabrics show better over skin than over a lining, and it’s not a big deal. The open cardigan is a bit daft, should just’ve done up a few buttons :/

        • KateK

          Oddly, exposed nipples don’t bother me when it’s done in a way that makes sense. I’m not a prude or anything. But when i see the cardigan pic above, it makes me think of that episode of PR when the designers made menswear, but ran out of time, so they just wrapped the blue fabric around the guy’s neck and sent him down the catwalk. It’s like … uumm, Karl, you forgot to make a top.

    • random_poster

      That model arrived last or drew the short straw.

    • JDreesen

      oh that’s an easy one: she’s wearing two sweaters…but…no top.

      and still showing plenty of skin.

      wait. yeah, now i am also confused.

  • Laura Renee

    Right colors, wrong fabrics for spring, it seems. More 80s, but at least there’s far less sheer.

  • Some of these are business executive Rainbow Brite, and not in the awesome way.

  • MilaXX

    I like most of this collection except the one look in the middle that makes the model looks like she’s trying to wear all the collection at once and the few rainbow colored pieces following it that look like they are trying a bit too hard to be young and hip.

  • annachronizm

    psychedelic tribe of artificial hair.

  • MW

    I was feeling it until the nipples attacked.

  • at least these reference the traditional chanel look. are you listening, dior? not much here that excites me. it seems like karl has been struggling the last few seasons.

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I like everything but the pearl testicles. Seriously. The pearl necklace can originate from the testicles but cannot BE the testicles.

    • alyce1213

      Spit out my water when I read that!

    • kimmeister

      I saw them as pearl headphones, but yours is funnier!

  • bertkeeter

    Good thing they sell a lot of fragrance n handbags!

  • Deb_Lynn

    Chanel just deemed pearl-clutching vulgar.

  • Imasewsure

    It’s great that Chanel is trying to modernize and go with different shapes, patterns etc. but this is a lot of yuck

  • clatie

    You guys, this is making me feel old, thinking thoughts like “in my day, fashion was for sophisticated ladies” and other such grumpiness. Because I pretty much hate 75% of this. The black and white dress toward the end is good but there is a whole lot of crap in there.

    • mhleta

      I like the black and white with the shoulder cutouts. The rest of it can burn.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        As a little girl who sewed for her Barbies, I used to occasionally get bags of simply wonderful fabric scraps from an older cousin who worked as a seamstress, and who made her own clothes, including a lovely cranberry boucle Chanel suit. I still smile when I think about her wearing it!

  • mhleta

    The McQueen collection levitated me on a cloud of euphoria. This is making me want to put on a hockey helmet and bang my head on the floor until the screaming in my head stops. Schizophrenic, unfocused, incohesive and, with very few exceptions, painful to look at. Coco weeps. Someone needs to feed that girl in the last panel. That’s just not okay.

    • filmcricket

      I was going to say: I guess the “we’re going to feature models who don’t look like they’re starving” thing lasted what, 2 seasons at most?

      • mhleta

        It’s inhumane to promote this unhealthy practice. These girls are going to have bones like saw dust by the time they’re 40.

        • Commentary like this gets people banned from this comments section.

          • mhleta

            Really? Why?

          • There is a strict, across-the-board no-body-snarking rule. You know this.

          • mhleta

            No body snarking. Got it. In my defense, let me say this remark was made out of concern and not from an snarking aesthetic judgement. Having witnessed a friend go through some great difficulties with her teenage daughter who is a friend to my teenage daughter, it’s a sensitive topic for us. Your blog, your rules. Consider the subject dropped.

  • A dickey is a dickey, even if it is a Chanel dickey.

    • quiltrx

      And you wear it on the outside….

  • GillianHolroyd

    That long sleeved black dress with the narrow gold trim and the cut out shoulders…. wow.

    Actually, the only things I don’t like are the grey ombre boxy outfits.

    • mhleta

      That black dress is the only thing I really do like.

    • DuBey2

      That was my favorite, too.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Love the spats. Hate everything else from Barbarella’s frumpy sister’s closet. And Jane Fonda’s hair from her Klute days? Really? Do we need to see that again?

  • formerlyAnon

    Well, there’s a lot that’s wearable and some that’s even very nice. But I’m not sure that there’s a lot that upholds the chic that I (perhaps childishly) hope to see from the Chanel name.

  • Qitkat

    So pearl doorknobs are a jewelry thing now?

    • mhleta

      The necklaces look like the shock therapy thing they zapped R.P. McMurphy with. “One Flew Over the Coco’s Nest” if you will.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    ehn. there are a few nice pieces, but it’s the least whelming collection of chanel for a long time.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    So much is so heavy and so tweedy. And so nipply. I’ll pass, thanks all the same.

  • conniemd

    I associate the Chanel name with beautifully tailored jackets and suits. This collection lacks a lot in tailoring, compare to McQueen, that even if exotic is beautifully tailored and sewn. This looks sloppy to me.

  • nyll18

    Outfits that cost thousands of dollars and I’m totally distracted by the $19 wigs. Why Chanel, why?? That said I love the color swatch fabric, especially on the simpler cut dresses.

  • NoveltyRocker

    It’s like they want to break out into, I guess, NEW FASHION but are hell bent on always having the same signature ingredients in the mix to keep the brand alive whether they work or not. Staples are awesome and playing with them from different angles each season can turn out some wonderful stuff, I suppose, but it’s like the formula is just mutating out of control rather than evolving from a thought out point-of-view. Maybe I need to read up on what they see as their modern Chanel woman to really understand.

    • DuBey2

      I wonder if she’s anything like the “Modern Southern Woman” of Blek’s?

      • NoveltyRocker

        Totes! “Here’s some flannel thrown in to keep it ‘Southern'” really looks the same as “here’s some __________ (a. pearls, b. tweed, c. chains, d. oversized sunglasses, e. a turn-of-the-century boot allusion achieved with sock/pump combo) to keep things ‘Chanel’.” To me.

  • mhleta

    To quote Season 8’s Inimitable Andy South who will be reappearing as Miss Ari South on PR All Stars, “It’s Cuckoo Chanel, girl!”

  • minnye

    Fun collection overall – even the ugly/cray pieces fit the vibe. I would love to wear the boucle jacket with the one off shoulder, and also the tiered dress 2 rows down. Bet we’ll see the rainbow malliot in a few editorials.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Loving the colors here.

  • HVM


  • Corsetmaker

    My head hurts! And that bright pink always looks cheap, even in top quality Linton tweed.

  • lizajane1776

    Bored now.

  • Uncle Karl is getting out of hand. He’s actually made some of these models look overweight. There’s very little here I can see anyone wearing, save for the very young (Chloe Moretz?) the very weird (Gaga) or the very tasteless (Madonna).

  • frannyprof

    All over place.

  • ankali

    It’s not earth-shattering, but there are plenty of good pieces here; I especially like the A-line shifts in the first row. The collection does tend to flounder when it gets away from the more traditional-Chanel looks.

    The pearl testicle collars are rather distracting, but I like the ones where the pearls are off center and of different sizes.

  • J. Preposterice

    This is very “crazy grandma”. Specifically, MY grandma, if she had gone crazy and made clothes out of all her tableclothes, draperies, and bedlinens.

    • demidaemon

      And only wore half her clothes.

  • demidaemon

    This is like 90% hideous (I’m trying to be nice, here). The styling is definitely in the top five of worst styling at a runway show in 2013.

    Some other takeaways and scary thoughts for consideration: Scarves instead of shirts–the new trend? A collection inspired by…Miley Cyrus?

    I think I’m frightened.

  • kathrineb

    Some of these looks are super-fun/gorgeous. Love!

  • Qitkat

    Maybe a collection with 89 looks (and who knows how many separates) is two to three times larger than can effectively make a clear statement. So many ideas at work here, easily four to six collections. What should have been cohesive turns into the fashion equivalent of a tossed salad from the buffet bar. I like pieces here and there, but in the end nothing turns out to be memorable.

  • CMSmith1848

    This feels like a case of design diarrhea – maybe it is because I found myself watching re-runs of season 8 of project runway (which by the way looks SOOO good compared to the last two seasons), I cannot help but think that some of this would have been raked over the coals.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I read that Karl sent 106 looks down the runway and good Lord he REALLY needed to edit. There is a black dress near the top with cut out shoulders that I love but everything else looks like 4 different collections smushed together. The tied sweaters as tops… ok seriously that shit would get you arrested on the street for indecent exposure. And I refuse REEFUUUUUUSEEEEE to start wearing socks with heels no matter how many designers are trying to make it the new hot. NO NO NOPE!

  • hellkell

    Knee socks and drop waists? Karl, cut the shit.

  • lalahartma

    Mostly cute.

  • StarburstLady

    Run for your life! Granny’s crochet projects have become sentient, and they’re attacking runway models everywhere!

  • RussellH88

    I actually love it, but I don’t think I’d ever think this was Chanel.

  • kategs

    If you think you need that many looks to get a point across then you don’t have a point at all.

  • VicksieDo

    Always interesting and new. Love Chanel.

  • anotherkate

    BKs, can someone educate me? I’m afraid I just don’t “get” Chanel. I never have! I can understand and appreciate the iconic nature of the Chanel suit, but…I don’t actually like it. I don’t like boucle, and while I like tweed, I like it on tailored pants and blazers with elbow patches, not frippy little dresses.

    Am I hopeless? Also: I really don’t get Karl Lagerfeld’s attempt to introduce edge to a classic silhouette that, frankly, feels like the antithesis of edge to me. Like, “awww shit, I just dropped the shoulder on this old lady dress and added a bunch of hardware-like bracelets, SUCK ON THAT, SOCIETY!”

    If I am a blasphemer, please set me straight. I don’t want to be a fashion heretic. 🙁

  • The first few looks remind me of Courreges.

  • Suse

    Coco is spinning in her grave…

  • Dagney

    It’s all so…..CHANEL. Love.

  • HM3

    Uh oh. Somebody picked up Burberry’s 60s vibe! Groovy cuts on those suits and dresses.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    Look at Chanel trying to reach the youth. There are some very good pieces in this collection that don’t read Coco herself.

  • Same old, same old. Did Lagerfeld collaborate with Lisa Frank this go-round?

  • karen s. bassett

    This looks like stuff from the late 60’s…and not in a good way.

  • rage_on_the_page

    LOVE. So traditional in the beginning, and so cray at the end. Rainbows!

    Gee, I really hope that whole open-cardigan-with-no-shirt-or-bra look trickles down…

  • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

    Loved this overall collection! There were some classy and timeless and yet, totally modern pieces and they have motivated me to sew again. Very inspiring and I believe that Channel is smiling down on Lagerfield for his lovely work!

  • The wigs and makeup are making me twitch.

  • VicD

    So. Much. Ugly. The black sleeveless dress with the lace midriff panel is the ONLY thing that need ever see the light of day again.