Chanel Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 08, 2014

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    • PastryGoddess

      I kinda can’t get past the shoes/flip-flops. I’m going to go and watch the video.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Me either – they are really distracting in their own right and for being so way off season, etc. etc. And that’s a shame because there are some amazing pieces here.

      • FuhUgh

        EXACTLY! There are some very good pieces, but I was too focused on “I always wear twee sandals with my fall fur-trimmed coats and tweeds.”

        • BayTampaBay

          Screw the sandals as I have plenty of shoes. I will take on of each in a size 4 please. Please ship FedEx Next Day Air Early Morning Delivery. I think this is one of Uncle Karl’s best collections in years. He nailed it and shit it down this go-round. I want the 9th picture from top as I already have the knock off version of the shoes but with a four inch heal.

      • GeoDiva

        Don’t forget the rat’s nest hair pieces! I’ve seen better styling on a Project Runway finale. So distracted that I can barely concentrate on the clothes.

        • Rhonda Shore

          i actually like the hair…i was wondering what products they used.

      • fursa_saida

        I agree they’re out of place, but it’s still really nice to see FLATS!

        • Lorelei_D

          The bows are silly and they’re out of season, but I’m so happy to think of couture being shown on women who can walk normally! Can we just make That a trend?

      • Lower L

        How much do you suppose a pair of Chanel flip-flops goes for?

      • MoHub

        My issue is the above-the-knee shorts.

    • Thomas

      Some weird and unflattering shapes. Nothing spectacular.

    • Liz

      There are some beautiful pieces here, as with Dior’s recent offerings. Still mostly hideous, but marginally improved.

    • gabbilevy

      Some of this is good. Some of this is craft store couture.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Well, I like it, but a lot of it reminds me of homemade Barbie clothes.

    • Heather

      I really like some of these things, but I am distracted by the weird sandals and the bloomers. There are bloomers under almost every dress.

      • demidaemon

        Agreed. The bloomers are pretty much unnecessary. Why ruin a good thing Uncle Karl? WHY?

        • DuBey2

          “More to sell, My Dear. More to sell.”

    • TerryMarie

      Lots of beautiful fabrics, lots of beautifully done beading, lots of hideous clothes, universally ugly things on their feet.

    • FibonacciSequins

      So much tinsel. Very craft store chic.

    • Jennifer Bober

      Okay, I’m wondering if the models were thinking “dear God what is he making us put on our feet?” or “Hallelujah, I don’t have to worry about falling on my face!”

      The gold embroidered newsboy cap on the bride is making me twitch.

    • lilibetp

      Interesting. For a change, there’s nothing I’d kill for. Don’t know anyone who wears flip flops in the fall, either…

    • SugarSnap108

      Couture bike shorts under dresses?

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      This is extremely toe-tastic.

      I think I preferred the glittery sneakers of yesteryear. :)

    • Latin Buddy

      I hate saying this bc he’s an egomaniac…but this is amazing.

    • Hermione

      I seem to be out of step with the majority. I think that just about every one of these looks is gorgeous. I love it all. I also love the flip flops. Obviously in “the real world” the women who can afford these clothes are not going to wear flip flops. But they are kind of cute and a whimsical contrast to the luxuriousness and “haute-ness” of the clothes. Also, a blessing to the models.

      • Shawn EH

        Fabrics are great, and some of the silhouettes, too (while others are whackadoo!).

        • FuhUgh

          I kinda love that dark orange wool blazer and dress (no. 25/40). I don’t think I’ll be taking the shorts though. Either shift dress OR shorts, not both.

      • FuhUgh

        The bridal gown….. OMG!!! That is some gorgeous Renaissance realness right there. And I can’t really see the sandals, so that helps.

        • Beardslee

          I agree, she looks like she’s out of a painting. Northern Renaissance, I think. Flemish? Anyway, just beautiful.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            the shot from the back is giving a romeo and juliet vibe- without the punked out hair.

      • Snailstsichr

        I wonder if it is actually harder to walk in flip flops on the cat walk when (I assume) all your training is for strutting in heels?

      • Sly

        OMFG Thank you for saying this! I loved this collection as well. Most people need to know that just because a collection is classified as Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter it doesn’t really matter. The ladies buying these creations are going to alter it to suit their tastes/lifestyles, so they can say “line it in fur” and it’s perfect for Fall/Winter. Haute Couture is another ballgame completely.

        • demidaemon

          Exactly.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      All couture, all sample sizes, all shaped in a way that would flatter non sample sizes. Karl sure knows how to say “eff you” with fashion.

    • http://www.robertjamesfischer.tumblr.com Theda

      Hate the shoes, the hair and the feather duster dresses (worn by Asian models… is there a cabal of some sort?). Love the metallics and the whites. The finale dress, although somewhat unflattering, has a nice period drama flair to it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      LOLOLOL biker shorts under short dresses! Are they Japanese magical girls??

    • Shawn EH

      Fall 2014 is looking much nicer than Resort 2015; that last grey dress before all the white ones should have J-Law and Nat-Po drawing their weapons!

    • Denise Alden

      It’s not . . . hideous? I mean, some of these things are really lovely. Except for the short, legging-things. Sheggings? At least Mein Herr and his bride look happy in that last shot.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      Not that I love alll of it…. but as far as Haute Couture goes…it’s the real deal!

      • Qitkat

        Keeping that in mind really does help me to appreciate the keen attention to detail and exquisite workmanship.

      • Gatto Nero

        Thank you! Yes!

    • SuzyQuzey

      This is one cracked-up collection. Bedazzled flip flops? For realz?

    • P M

      Amazing beadwork, a couple of beauties, but overall, not really feeling this. Very Tudor bride, no?

    • Danielle

      I’m at a loss for words.

    • MilaXX

      I like parts of this. I like most of the clothes except for the bloomer/pantaloon thingys. Not sure where bedazzled flip flops with ribbons fit in a Fall collection. As pretty as they may be most of these look appear to weight a ton.

    • Lex

      aka The Papal Collection

    • Gloriana Reginata

      The entire collection looks stiff and heavy, but eye-catching in a good way. The seventh-from-last, with the huge black powderpuff for a bodice and feathers at the toes, is only for those with a tickle kink.

      • Lower L

        I love the non-fluffy part of that dress.

        • Gloriana Reginata

          With you there – it’s lovely (though only for those of the right figure, I fear). Even the fluff is fun – but totally unwearable :)

    • GorgeousThings

      Beautiful workmanship and masterful construction…
      But…
      Is it just me, or do a lot of pieces look like rehashes of prior seasons?
      And that poor bride looks 8 months pregnant.

      • FrigidDiva

        My first thought was pregnant nun…

      • Aidan B

        She is six months pregnant, actually!

    • bunnydiet

      Another disappointment.

    • sleepycat

      some of the shapes are nice and couture-y, prints and tweeds painfully heavy and dense, as par for Carl’s (yes I did that on purpose) “taste.” can we get someone new into Channel? It must be doing good business to keep him in place.

    • d4divine

      I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! NO HIGH HEELS!!!!!!! The textiles and embroidery…WOWWWWW!

    • kimmeister

      That huge white gown at the end belongs in a Jan Van Eyck triptych.

      • Lower L

        I immediately thought of the Arnolfini Wedding.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      Well, all right. Some decent, wearably adventurous fashion in this collection (and my first Pin of the season.) I could see Shailene Woodley in the fourth look, Swinton in the strong-shouldered pewter lace gown (though I wish Kristen Stewart would slap on her best posture and bitchface and give it a go), and Kiera Knightley in the button-up collared gown with the gold lace built-in bolero.

    • prettybigkitty

      Karl hates women, right?! Most of those dresses/outfits are supremely unflattering on size zero models. Can’t imagine a mere mortal spending excessive amounts of money to look fat and frumpy.

    • Belvane

      Seventh from the bottom = Homage to Burt and Ernie.

    • CMCH

      With a few exceptions, these are among the stiffest clothes I’ve ever seen. For the most part, even subtracting the bloomers (which no one who buys or borrows this stuff will ever wear) and thong sandals, this collection seems engineered to make the wearer appear awkward.

      • FrigidDiva

        And now, just to prove us all wrong about the shorts, some poor lady star is going to be forced to wear them. I’m going to guess Kristen Stewart…actually I think she’d probably volunteer for that.

    • Annistella

      Tailoring c’est magnifique. Their hair looks like mine when I forget my own hair dryer at the local pool and have to use the wall hand dryer.
      Head = upside down. Hair = dry. Style = none.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Apparently #28 is being modelled by Kendall Jenner (tweed rug with Yeti sleeves)..Coco continues to spin in her grave…

    • OffToSeeHim

      Cover up the head of the girl in the black patterned dress with the black feathers on the top – tell me that wouldn’t be a KILLER back for a dress! I’d love to see what the back looked like.

    • fursa_saida

      There are some hiddy pieces, but overall I like this much better than most of what’s been coming out of Chanel for a while now.

    • Ashleigh

      I too loathe the glorified flip-flops, but tried to ignore them. I found myself wondering, is this the future or is this just a statement? Are these garments thought provoking or just meh? I definitely found most of the pieces very interesting and pleasing to the eye – and very “Chanel”. Some pushed the limits, but why not?

    • Gatto Nero

      Sophisticated and beautiful. Love the textures, proportions, and shapes. This all seems very true to Coco’s vision while also forward looking.
      But why the summer foorwear?

      • minnye

        That was my take as well (but you articulated it better :)

    • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      Well, finally. I have the hips to wear No. 1.,,

    • smallgirlsaretrouble

      It’s kind of Game of Throne-sy

    • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

      Some of these textiles are amazingly gorgeous.

    • Tanya Wade

      I just adore how Unkle Karl took my college shower flip flops, added some Etsy ribbon and BAM. Never change!

    • Cynica

      It was all going so well, and then—tweed bike shorts? Really, Karl? *Sigh*

    • understateddiva

      I like the makeup – the models’ eyes look sort of sleepy but very beautiful.

    • RussellH88

      I really love it all. Look #2 looks like it was custom made for Tilda.

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      That gray dress with the cellophane-ish skirt, the 9th one down? Ship that to Jodie Foster immediately, that is her dress.
      I happen to love much of this collection, which is surprising since I haven’t cared for many of Uncle Karl’s creations in the recent past. But the luxe fabrics, the plays on textures, the varying between very traditional Chanel “tweed” looks and very haute cool fabrics–well, I find it all quite appealing. The stand away collars are a nice nod to the ’60s without being a slavish invocation. For the most part, the embellishments are tastefully applied…..although some of the shorter dresses are knocking on the Dolce & Gabbana door, somehow they don’t cross the dreaded “too much” threshhold.

      There’s a lot of basic good ideas to work with here, and I see Halle Berry in #6 from the bottom, the gray metallic number. Perhaps Dame Helen in #13 from the top. Yes, the shoes are an affectation and the hair is not of this world. But this collection gets two thumbs up from me!

      (now will someone start making cheap knockoff versions to sell at Ross Dress for Less? Thanks.)

      • DuBey2

        Well, or at least at H&M? (who seems to get the fastest knockoffs of current runways)

    • Laura Elizabeth

      I love a lot of this, but those shoes are awful.

    • Mothra

      oh. I am so itchy now.

    • Sophie

      Love the second to last look, the white coat with gold embroidery in a bolero shape. I’d like it a bit shorter, though. Some pieces are very nice, but most of it is strange and has fringe.

    • W. Frame

      I gotta say, I love the shorts type things with a lot of the dresses. It reminds me of chic bloomers. Kind of a weird historical throwback. I doubt many people would actually wear them but I would.

    • quiltrx

      Some of this I don’t care for, some of this I adore. But across the board, I can say that THESE expensive clothes actually LOOK expensive. That black with silver scrolls dress is amazing…I’m not all for the feathered bits, but the main portion of the dress…sigh.

      • boweryboy

        Exactly. Most of this I don’t like, but it all looks decadently luxurious and expensive. This is what I expect from couture.

    • evave2

      It is weird to have weird sandal/floppy shoes on Fall clothes but I think a lot of the clothes are beautiful (I am really not into the bloomers, and there were a lot of bloomers, but hey, just don’t wear the bloomers). I thought #13 and #23 looked so like Oscar-nite (I know he was off into the metallic sheeny tinselly stuff but hey, I bet they’ll come in other materials and colors too); #22 was just off-the-wall to me, but at the end I gasped at the coat #26 and the renaissance-type dress #27 (that one reminded me of Dutch paintings of burghers’ wives). He always appears so confident in his powers, you know?

    • demidaemon

      I think the only quibble I have here is the bloomers under the skirts, because they seem extraneous to beautiful, extraordinarily detailed clothes.

    • boweryboy

      Flip flops. For fall. Talk about out of touch.

    • MissusBee

      Some gorgeous stuff here. Keira will rock some of the more pretty/dainty aspects, for sure. Might take a Bing Bing to pull off some of the more, um, architectural looks. Shaggy orange tweed is harder to find a home for unless Steffi can make something of it. Uncle Karl can keep the tinsel skirt slits. They are sadly unfierce in the context of everything else.

    • minnye

      I must be in a mellow mood this morning… I’m liking a lot of these shapes & proportions and the general sense of fun here. I’m sure the silver gown with the slit has Diane Kruger’s name on it.

    • ACKtually

      I don’t care what season this is. I WANT fancy Chanel flip-flops in my life. I can give or take all the other things but I die for those flip flops. *nb I am an admitted flip-flop-aholic

    • James

      These are beyond gorgeous. True Haute Couture. Lots of historical influences here, from the hip flair to the bridal gown. Gorgeous.

    • decormaven

      Love the construction of the white and gold coat. That silver shimmery gown would be a shoo-in for Joan Collins in the Dynasty days. The tweed outfits are my least favorite, but I admire the workmanship. As others have noted, the footwear is a bit distracting, but overall, this is a strong showing.

    • In_Stitches

      I normally hate Chanel; it always comes across as slutty clothes for prissy toddlers or infantalised stripper wear for the aged. This? I love. There are some new ideas, or at least ideas new to Chanel, on display and they’re working quite well.

    • Aidan B

      There are some truly beautiful pieces here. Some of it is insane, sure, but it’s less WTFery than we’ve seen in the past, so I’ll take it. I am in love with the third ensemble from the top.

    • RedRaven617

      :::sigh:::: There is nothing like a Channel suit/jacket. Love it all.

      • conniemd

        Exactly what I just said. I would kill to own a Chanel suit/jacket. They are just so perfectly tailored and flawless.

    • RescueMe23

      I’ll disagree with the masses – I kinda love it…

    • Innuendo

      I love some of the pieces. A few just scream “Chanel”. There are a couple of WTF, but overall love. The styling is distracting though.

    • Kathy

      Some of this is exquisite, but nay to the bloomers.

    • crash1212

      Surprisingly beautiful. Uncle Karl just couldn’t let well enough along though – see those dopey sandals and the jeweled knickers.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      There’s a lot of magnificence here, but I don’t believe that matching shorts under suits is really going to become a thing.

    • Dagney

      yes please.

    • Tami from Seattle

      Coco Chanel said, “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” Please start with the head-merkins.

    • KES4K

      I…like this. Somehow it all works. I even like the model selection. But hasn’t Karl previously gone on record as saying that women should wear nothing but heels? If he said it, it must’ve been a long time ago, as this is at least the third straight runway collection to feature flat shoes (previously cowboy boots and sneakers, now flip-flops).

    • formerlyAnon

      Some clunky proportions on otherwise beautiful garments. Also, everything that does not extend to the floor – or at least ankles – needs to lose the fringe.

    • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

      I like the hair and makeup, but I’m so much a fan of the clothing. I wanted to like the collection, but it feels a bit too fussy (and kind of slapdash in some images), I think I prefer my luxuriousness to be a bit more louche.

    • conniemd

      I guess fringe is the new sheer?

      What I always love about Chanel, which is represented in this collection is their beautiful tailoring and exquisite detailing. Their jackets and coats are to die for because the collars and lapels sit right, their shoulders fit right. They always look expensive for this reason.

    • FancyPhilly

      I’d like to see the wedding dress without the stuff on the front.

    • Radish

      The dresses are beautiful. The shoes don’t do much for the collection.

    • KT

      Gorgeous. Thankfully SOME of the top fashion houses are still bringing the fabulousness… cough cough

    • frannyprof

      That last dress–gorgeous. And then she turned around and showed us the backwards ball cap perched precariously on her head. Why?!

    • DuBey2

      Haute Couture indeed. The very epitome of.

    • DuBey2

      Uncles, were you THERE? Was it unbelievably fantastic? Do tell.

    • marlie

      Some of these are perfect for Kiera. Some are perfect for KStew. And some are WTF. But most of the white pieces with gold embroidery/accents – especially the last gown, are really beautiful.

    • lilazander

      There actually is a lot of beautiful pieces here. Nice to see uncle Karl let off the fuckery for once.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Love it all (except the shoes, natch). JUST IN: KNICKERS, PANNIERS, AND STRONG SHOULDERS FOR SPRING COUTURE TRENDS. Let’s let that trickle down into our ready-to-wear, please. I’d rock it.

    • katarama

      somehow both tediously boring and nauseatingly ridiculous…

    • asherlev1

      It took me a good minute or two to get past the styling. But once I did!!! I’m drooling.