Chanel Spring 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on January 21, 2014

Chanel Spring 2014 Couture Collection







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  • Frank_821

    Oh geeze. Some of these pieces are interesting but the yet again the styling is atrocious.

    Some of those dresses with matching tops I find a bit disturbing. They make the models look less human. More like a ball-joint doll

    • Lorelei_D

      Completely agree that they do not look human! They bring to mind that one Asian guy on PR a couple of years ago who, during the “real” body challenge, was alarmed that he had to design to accommodate breasts.

    • Emily Smith

      Ball-joint doll! Thank you for finding the words I could not. They look bizarre. Also sneakers with…everything. I do appreciate that the fanny packs come with matching elbow pads and knee pads, you’ll be the most stylish middle schooler at the roller rink birthday party. (do kids still do those?)

      • snarkmeister

        Fifth look: pastel Rainbow Brite rollerskating getup. I have to wonder if this was a joke.

  • marlie

    Fanny packs and elbow and knee pads? No. NO WAY. I really like a lot of the clothes; there are some really wearable pieces in this collection. There’s also a fair share of WTFery, and I really don’t like the styling.

    • @Biting Panda

      Say it with me now… Couture. Fanny. Pack.

      • marlie

        Shhh… If you say it out loud, that makes it real.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Or you summon Grandpa Karl, who will style you mercilessly.

    • Fanny_Trollope

      Now my knees hurt.

    • StarburstLady

      Maybe this is just me… but the knee pads/elbow pads made me think of ball-jointed dolls in a way that I actually thought was interesting.

    • mlle

      Chanel + skate park is a totally cracked out aesthetic.

  • SAA

    I hate, hate, HATE the looks where there appears to be some kind of tight leotard under a boxy half shirt paired with an ill fitting skirt. The models look really strange (imagine an actual human trying to wear them?) A few of the pieces are really pretty and wearable, mainly the long dresses, imo. The styling is laughable from hair to elbow/knee pad to fanny pack to sneaker… overall not very impressed. But its better than the offensive Texas mess, I suppose. But then again, this is Haute Couture, so it should be.

    • Isabel

      Can’t wear those looks. Am too busty. Papa Karl dissed half of his customers with the half blouse.

  • charlotte

    Coco Chanel is giving this the stinkeye.

    • amf0001

      I’m pretty sure she actually is doing that. She would hate this collection.

    • Evan

      Coco Chanel and Christian Dior are both rolling over in their graves. Yves Saint Laurent too

  • CommentsByKatie

    LOVE the cropped jackets and ‘overskirts’ that emphasize the small waist area. What a unique and gorgeous idea. I would look so good in something like that!

    • BayTampaBay

      I like it ALL too. If anyone has any of this stuff laying around with no use for it, SHIP IT TOO ME!

  • That cinched in waistline is probably not going to work if you aren’t concealing model-slenderness under the boxy skirt.

    • Let it out

      It might be a little tricky, but I think it works well for women with a high and/or small waist and large(r) hips–either an hourglass or a Botticelli type of figure (aka pear-shaped, ugh). The waist looks smaller because of the slight flare at the hips and the A-line or tulip shapes of the skirts. The width at the shoulder, which he creates with wide necklines and sleeves, work with the skirts to create balance. Would work wonderfully for me!

      • Boticelli figure is such a wonderful way of saying it. I’m more of a Vargas, myself!

        • ConnieBV

          I like to think of myself as a Botero.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        Rubens all the way!

  • Nicholas

    I get the mental image of a Japanese rollerskating gang of girls who carry nunchakus and chew bubble gum.

    • charlotte

      …who also love peplums and are stranded in space.

    • muzan-e

      Yup. My wild guess is that Chanel 2014 is Shibuya 2009.

    • Julie Parr

      I was thinking roller derby.

  • Lena Abu-Ali

    It’s crazy but I love it.

  • Carla_Charlton

    It’s the Bjork collection!

    • Jean Genetic

      First thing I thought of too. Can she sue for style infringement?

      • boweryboy

        My first thought as well.

    • lulukittie

      You took the words right outta my mouth!

    • scoobynacks

      This is what you get when Bjork is inspired by Dr. Seuss.

    • filmcricket

      Bjork meets Gwen Stefani during her Japanese obsession. The skater-girl accoutrements are very mid-90s Gwen.

  • ailujailuj

    I like browsing the imagery before reading the title to see if I could guess the designer… and was going to “accept” – thinking it was a saucy little misguided japanese twerp. but what IS this bullshit?

  • DaringMiss

    Tacky porn star fashion.

  • Kelly

    Strip away the goofy hair, eyes, athletic pads, and trainers, and some of these designs are quite good, in a space-alien kind of way. (Others are just space-alien minus the good. Like Star Trek girls that Capt. Kirk would try to bed.)

  • KT

    Strongly disliking the rollerblading gear as accessories, but there’s some really gorgeous stuff in here. As always, the workmanship is beautiful, and there are a lot of fresh ideas on display, while still remaining true to the brand. A few total misses, sure, but nicely done overall.

  • Anni

    I want a pair of every single one of those sneakers. And I’m now going to use this show as permission to wear sneakers with everything I own.

    • Coolekat

      Please don’t.

    • Tatiana Luj├ín

      I love that he chose to make beautiful trainers instead of super high heels. That is the most modern thing I’ve seen on a runway probably in my whole lifetime.
      It makes sense to go dancing or working on trainers,there should be the option of wearing “elegant” ones instead of shoes thar hurt your feet.

      • trisker

        Totally agree — ADORE the sneakers. I felt the same way when Phoebe Philo introduced those fur lined birks. Sanity!

  • kmk05

    Manga girls and anime for the win! Tbh, I can’t get behind this, knowing their actual price point: it is beyond ridiculous. Where is the refinement and sophistication inherent to Chanel? Definitely not in those kneepads.

    ETA: Some of the clothes have a lot of potential (especially the ones towards the end of the show: the gowns, some of the jackets), but the question is: are they FMO?

  • Laura

    Couture? This is couture? I could get away with wearing at least 70% of this to work, and I’m a teacher. Try again, Chanel.

  • Dancer

    Bjork was wondering where her closet ran off to…..

  • Jacob Bowen

    Alaska Thunderf*ck CLEARLY did this cellophane dress before…and better. And why are they sporting lion manes with their quilted fanny packs and knee pads???

  • Belvane

    That distant banging sound you hear is Mlle. Chanel trying to fight her way out of her coffin.

    • Imasewsure

      Yes I think Coco would change her “take one thing off before you leave the house” rule for this collection… better to be naked… better for all of us really

  • Latin Buddy

    This is awful. Seriously, guys, go pull up Suede’s decoy collection and tell me this isn’t more of the same. Sure, these are rendered in presumably expensive fabrics but it looks amateur.

    • demidaemon

      Once you make that comparison, you know how truly awful this is. Suede probably had, what, 2 months max to make that collection. Karl had nearly a year and infinitely more money. YEAH.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I like some individual pieces here. but the styling is terrible and the shower curtains need to go back to target

  • Danielle


    • @Biting Panda

      For Escorts, instead of Hookers. Because, classy.

      • demidaemon


  • …this is how I wear my hair daily. So excited to throw around the phrase “fashion forward” with Chanel backing me up!

    • somebody blonde

      You know, I didn’t even notice the hair, so I had to scroll up and look just now. The hair is good. As long as you don’t accessorize with a silver fanny pack, I think you’re good ­čśŤ

    • ailujailuj

      the hair is the only redeeming quality!

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      This is how I wear my hair in the morning but I am usually able to tame it by noon with a whip and a chair.

  • ellatheingenue

    what’s with the sneakers

    • kimmeister

      Not to mention that some of the models don’t appear to be able to walk gracefully in them.

  • Lorelski

    I like almost ALL of these! And I love that the models are wearing sneakers. Sorry, but that’s the way I roll.

    • Tatiana Luj├ín

      I love it too. Tha’s forward thinking in fashion, how to make beautiful clothes or accesories that also make people’s lifes easier.

  • TonyGo

    Chanel and Dior are just fucking with us, right?

    • Aurumgirl

      Do you think so? Because I’m welling to bet that Chanel is the new Stella McCartney.

  • lobsterlen

    FINALLY! Chanel for gym class.

  • Pennymac

    Elbow and knee pads! For the fabulously wealthy skateboarding set!

    There are some interesting pieces in this collection, but I am OVER the pretentious, EDGY! WEIRD! WACKADOO! Styling that has “gimmick” written all over it.

    • conniemd

      Really. I don’t get why they need crazy art to show clothes that people are supposed to buy to wear. Once I ignored the wackadoo, gimmicky styling, I did see some interesting pieces that worked well with the design silhouette being used. Others were not so good.

  • TM

    My dance school wouldn’t allow bare midriffs for shows, so people compensated with match-y leotards. Many many costumes ended up looking like this collection.

    • Coolekat

      A look not made for the long waisted.

  • Imasewsure

    The first outfit was cute… and then I said ok to the second… and then the shit-storm began…

    And sadly there is one gorgeous gown at the end hidden in the middle of all of this crap.

    WTF indeed

  • oklund

    A collection that ranges from sparkly pyjamas to 80s fuzzy bathroom rugs, and often in the shape of toothpaste tubes – reminding us all of the joys of our morning routine.

  • I love the opalescent, candy-colored look of many of the fabrics, the tailoring seems top notch (as it should be), and am even willing to overlook the “I’ve been electrocuted” hair in the interests of haute couture runway style ethic, but really: sneakers? knee and elbow pads? FANNY PACKS? Sorry, I can’t. Poor Coco.

    • Tatiana Luj├ín

      I love the sneakers, but agree with you on everything else.

      • Alyssa_T_Robot

        i don’t love how the sneakers look with 95% of these outfits but i’m happy for the models getting to wear comfortable shoes!

  • crash1212

    What an odd collection styled in an odd way! At last now we know how Kerry Washington’s crop top was supposed to be deployed.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Not even the model wearing the fanny pack can keep a straight face.

  • Sif

    Skater Girl Scout with Fanny Pack

  • boweryboy

    I like the idea of the sneakers with evening wear. I recall back in the ’90s Jean Pau lGaultier paired evening gowns with Doc Martens. It’s kind of fun, but the collection overall is a hot mess.

    • StellaZafella

      “Oh please, Karl, just take the patterns and go…just go….now.

  • CeeRich

    Somewhere in heaven, Coco Chanel just threw up.

    • demidaemon

      Hopefully, it landed on Karl’s head.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I saw Wanda Sykes in concert before the holidays, and she talked about bringing back the fanny pack (only bedazzling it). And here it is. I love when that happens.

    Those shoes look comfortable, but I hope I never see anyone wearing them on the red carpet.

  • Viviennne

    yes, Coco Chanel just threw up – and so did I ……. knee and elbow pads, fanny packs – gawd –

  • sleepycat

    Per my usual opinion of Chanel: ick although I like the styling and that dropwaist nighty gown

  • conniemd

    Some of the pieces with the waist band, blousy top and skirt look kinda cute. Others look ridiculous. It is a collection. The knee and elbow pads are ridiculous, but I try to ignore them to see what the clothes would look like without the runway trickery that they call art.

    • somebody blonde

      That’s exactly what I thought- sometimes the weird silhouette looks very good, others it looks insanely stupid. HATE the sneakers. They look stupid in every single one of these looks.

    • demidaemon

      I’ll give Chanel that it’s a cohesive collection. That ends the nice portion of any commentary I have on this trainwreck.

  • Tanya Wade

    In which Uncle Karl takes up Mall Walking.

  • GeoDiva

    I found my missing nightgown from when I was 8! Also the silver accessories in picture 3 are ridiculous!

  • Synnamin

    I… think I like it? It’s like futuristic Japanese clothing that’s still wearable

  • LeelaST

    Is fashion so dangerous we now need knee & elbow pads?

  • Lilah

    I’m so bored with Karl. Isn’t this the same thing he did last time?

  • d4divine

    Oh Karl, you can be brilliant and utterly ridiculous at the same time. Lol

  • Susan Velazquez

    Why are we wearing sneakers with dresses? Is it 1999 again?

  • SophieCollier

    Bjork Bjork Bjork!

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      Uncle Karl was Chaneling the Swedish Chef!

  • Daisy Walker

    What. a. disaster.

  • Trickytrisha

    I’m loving many of these fabrics, especially the filmy ones. As for the designs, there are some gems in with the dross but the styling is a desperate attempt at something different and does not work in the slightest. Hate the sneakers and pads as I’m sure most BK’s do.

    • LaSylphide

      You’ve said it all!

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Coco is ROLLING in her grave.

    • SewingSiren


  • J. Preposterice

    come warm weather, I’m gonna try that spiky cotton candy thing with my hair. yes i am.

  • MilaXX

    Ignoring the knee and elbow pads I like this collection. I’d pay good money to see a celeb wear one of the dresses with the sneakers instead of 5 inch heels. On the other thand I wonder i a lady star would have enough nerve to wear the sneakers at an informal RC.

    • Esz

      I could see one or both of the Fanning sisters in the full sneaker getup.

      • MilaXX

        I could see Elle wearing them. I also think Rhianna could rock them with jeans and the top from one of the looks.

        • Esz

          Yes! Rihanna with any of the dresses or outfits that have an opportunity to show side-boob or FLANK.

  • quiltrx

    This just feels like The Fifth Element done badly, for Easter no less. Ick.
    I do like some of the fabrics, purely from a textile standpoint.

  • Esz

    I love the clothes but the shoes – I think Karl is taking the piss…

  • deelup

    Sorry, but I can’t wear any knee/elbow pad, fanny pack, sneaker set… Without a helmet, back brace, and fingerless gloves to match.

  • SassyKansas

    I’d call this “Scary Robot Dresses for Cocktail Parties or Bedtime.”

    • demidaemon

      Is that “Sexy Bedtime” or “Regular Bedtime?”

      • SassyKansas

        I would say, “Cher Bedtime.”
        Probably not “Kansas Bedtime”, for sure. Wind chill is -19 degrees!

        • demidaemon

          “Cher Bedtime” sounds like some version of “Sexy Bedtime.”

      • SassyKansas

        I’d call it “Cher Bedtime.”

  • MannahattaMamma

    just-hatched chickens playing in the robot box. Knee pads? The fuck?

  • Cassidy Olsen

    Chanel suits for the space age, I suppose? I’m getting a Jackie O + robots vibe from most of them.

  • Closet Crisis

    Craft projects. And some of it looks down right cheap.

  • sockandaphone

    i bet these models were extremely thrilled to wear sneakers on the runway

  • Nicole Little

    Is THAT what happens when you put your whites in with a rainbow bright? And there is a distinctly furby looking vibe to a couple of them. Neat art but I don’t covet a thing.

  • ankali

    Loathe the juvenile styling, but most of these pieces are really pretty. Not a big fan of the deployment of the Crystal Barbie iridescent shiny shit, though.

    • Carleenml

      I’m finding it all borderline offensive. Are you dressing women or six-year-old girls? Too bad, because there are some interesting shapes and textures but the first twelve or so just make me cringe.

  • joything

    Hunh. There are interesting things happening here, if you can get past the tennis shoes and knee pads. (Not one of those Kneepad Twigs would last two minutes in roller derby. Sorry.)

  • My first thought was “Oh, my freakin’ good lord god, have mercy!” But then I decided to ignore the trainers, fanny packs (aren’t those illegal?), and appendage padding and realized that some of the actual clothes are kind of pretty. While I’m sure the models all jumped for joy when they saw they were wearing trainers instead of 6″ heels (when the padding might make sense), I think there could have been a compromise with pretty little flats.

  • Kim Elmore

    Aside from the knee pads (um) and fanny packs (ew), I love the styling (hair & makeup). I would KILL for these clothes. KILL.

  • decormaven

    The peach colored gown fourth from the bottom is about the only thing I’d want to see on the RC during awards season.

    • Orange Girl

      I like some of the other looks, but definitely agree that we will see that dress at the Oscars

  • MoHub

    Keeping in mind that this is couture and not ready-to-wear, I actually like some of these looks and can visualize them translated for real life. However, the knee pads on toothpick-legged models is more than distractingÔÇögiving the appearance of crippling arthritisÔÇöand it looks as if Karl borrowed Anne Burrell’s hairstylist.

  • PeggyOC

    Terrible styling for some cute looks. Maxi-pad knee-pads. Please tell me these aren’t going to be a thing.

  • carnush

    Diane Kruger or Zoe Saldana could rock some of these looks. As usual thought, most of them are FMO.

  • Diego!

    There are some interesting dresses here, those with the tight waist, but.. will anyone who’s not a model pull it off? I don’t think so. The rest is kinda meh, isn’t it? I think Coco would disapprove…

  • ConnieBV

    Thank you, Uncle Karl. For once I’m not bemoaning my middle class income. There’s not one single damn thing I want here.

  • SalannB

    What. The. F’hell?! Geez.

  • Tatiana Luj├ín

    Yes! to the use of flesh coloured undergarments beneath the sheer clothes. No nipples on sight are needed to make the clothes look eerie or romantic.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I would never have guessed that my bedhead would show up on a Chanel runway, of all places.

  • Monabel

    Ooh, look at all those comfy shoes!

  • AlinaValero

    gotta get me some chanel running shoes now.

  • KinoEye

    Chanel has apparently decided to branch out into the previously unexplored market of designer elbow and knee pads! What an exciting new direction for Maison Chanel.

  • SarahMT20

    If you overlook the styling (and I usually do on the Haute Couture runway shows-they are always over the top), the actual pieces are quite wearable. It also looks like he designed for a variety of body types. Other than the extreme fluffy ones and transparent iridescents, I really like this collection.

  • heartbot

    Star Trek Barbie with Poorly Thought Out Footwear

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Next red carpet trend for the ladies – sneakers and knee pads!

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Some fashion has just gotten too f-ing weird. I know it’s couture and it’s supposed to be ethereal and interesting, but there are ways to do “interesting” without making the clothes look like plastic.

  • Synnae

    Wearable yes. Interesting, chic, beautiful. Not exactly…

  • editrixie

    Looks like someone was watching “Oblivion” recently.

  • Jean Beaton Leavitt

    Love the sneakers…not one model fell during this show I bet.

  • nycfan

    Wait, is this a space pajama collection?

  • Kells Elle

    What is wrong with the fashions these days! Are they trying to make pajamas and space galati all outfits work? Disgusted! Karl should retire! I’m serious!

  • Filmjen

    Glad I have an excuse to wear sneakers with everything!

  • rage_on_the_page

    Imagine how happy the models must have been when they heard they could wear SNEAKERS?

    Cannot sign off on the fanny packs.

  • demidaemon

    F-ed up waists, oven mitts (with trains!), and kneepads are also in! How feminist of Karl! *vomits*

  • sienna elm

    Roller Derby chic! And FEATHERS!! (and mermaid sleepwear) Someone’s been into the crazy juice again. ­čÖé

  • chof1

    Shades of Barbra Streisand from the 60s/70s…. with great shoes. I think I just gave away my age.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    What is it with the knee pads and oven mitts? Too twee for me.

  • allcapsERINN

    AWESOME. It delights me, all of it!

  • Samantha E

    Futuristic “Jem & the Holograms”

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Chanel does Rainbo Brite.

  • Madam Von Sassypants

    That hair is 100% Shannyn Sossamon from A Knight’s Tale.

  • littlemac8

    Nothing I would ever want to wear or see anybody else wearing. That is all.

  • Sunraya

    90% ugly. And the stupidest knee pads I have ever seen.

  • lesmaha

    I don’t like any of it. Wait till next season.