Under the wind turbine-adorned atrium of the great hall in the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld offered up a Spring 2013 collection that felt pared-down, and modern — yet entirely rooted in the ethos of classic Chanel. Silhouettes were structured and full with an emphasis on rounded shoulders and wide sleeves on top and mid-thigh straight skirts, wide shorts, and super-slim trousers below. The house's signature tweeds were plenty present, but they came simply decorated with only a bit of contrast piping and nary a braided chain in sight. Adding to Lagerfeld's "neo Coco" theme were the innovative fabrics: appliqued floral "prints" had a three-dimensional effect and tech-knits came imprinted with a raised waffle grid. Later, that same grid motif appeared on pastel-hued silks and stiff organzas.
Accessories were eye-popping and fresh too. Choker necklaces and bracelets made from gobs of varying-sized pearls felt luxe yet cool, while the oversized hula hoop bags nearly stole the show.