>> For Fall 2012 Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld went glitter-studded, sparkle-emblazoned, and mineral-inspired — right down to the Lucite shoes and the crystal-adorned runway. But despite all the embellishment and shimmer, the selection felt focused and surprisingly downtown: oversize coats, patterned knits, and artfully-draped dresses were layered over ankle-cropped cigarette pants — which, incidentally, appeared on nearly every look.
Both a reimagining and an homage to the label's signature aesthetic, Karl Lagerfeld plays in tweed, sporty silhouettes, and whimsical layers and texture (and bejeweled eyebrows) for Chanel's Fall 2012. Lagerfeld's all-star cast (minus a noticeably absent Freja), including Miranda Kerr, Joan Smalls, and Anja Rubik, took to the catwalk of a snowy white cave, done up in crystal embellishments that mirrored the life-size versions set on the runway. That in itself set the mood for whimsy, which only became more pronounced in Karl's colorful, metallic-embellished visions for Fall — shimmer reflected in slim pants, sparkly-tinged knits, and sheer skirts. Meanwhile, Chanel's tweed got the rainbow treatment, as did the offering of diaphanous frocks with a dose of soft brights. Outerwear maintained the label's sophistication, though the flair for drama was evidenced in roomier silhouettes, some that gave way to boxier shapes with sloped, rounded shoulders, but more that skimmed and highlighted curves in hourglass proportions. That's not to say that it was "ladylike" — very little here spoke to Chanel's ladylike sense. In fact, the feel was overwhelmingly sportier. Even when textures were dressed up in rich metallic detail, shapes were more nonchalant — tunics and dresses layered over pants and perfectly slouchy knits topped trousers. There was nothing too literal; even in playfulness, Karl never overcommits. Jewel tones and geometric details felt fresh, and proportional play felt casual, not overworked. He knows exactly how to draw us in with the theatrics of his runway, but never loses sight of what we've all come to see.
- Trends: Dresses over pants, texture, sporty, brights, sheer, metallics.
- Colors: Black, green, white, fuchsia, purple, yellow, gray, teal, blue.
- Key Piece: The textured metallic trousers were amazing.
- Accessories: Cutout buckled Lucite heels, oversize crystal pendants and matching bracelets, Chanel crossbody handbags and clutches in every hue.
- Who Would Wear It: Karl's girls, Diane Kruger, Rachel Bilson, and Blake Lively.
While shopping with girlfriends in Santa Monica, CA, Ashley Tisdale showcased an updated take on '90s grunge that we're dying to try. She paired an oversized gray T with All Saints boyfriend jeans, fringe and buckle leather boots, and a Lovely Bird fedora. Her red Chanel bag and purple strands lent a pop of color, while her Ray-Ban aviators completed the SoCal-cool look. This easy-to-mimic style is perfect for a lunch date with the girls; just throw a loose T over slouchy denim, then finish it off with ankle boots and a floppy fedora.
We don't know what we love more, Vanessa Hudgens cruising through Italy on a rented bike or her perfect touring ensemble. Vanessa warmed up in a black military coat, dark gray skinnies, and over-the-knee Joie boots while cycling around with boyfriend Austin Butler. She completed her look with no-fuss pigtails, Tom Ford sunglasses, and her coveted Chanel bag, which fit in her bike basket perfectly. Style a dark coat, gray denim, and flat suede boots for your next romp with mother nature or pair a military-inspired coat over a sleek black dress with patent pumps for an edgy take on evening wear.
The fourth annual Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar party happened last night in LA, and some of Hollywood's chicest actors, some of whom pull double-duty as Chanel ambassadors, turned out in style. Diane Kruger, Rachel Bilson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Freida Pinto, and Elizabeth Olsen were on hand to fete fashion and film in anticipation of the biggest awards night of the year. Not surprisingly, Chanel was designer du jour. Click through to see all the outfits up close and personal, including some accessory highlights!
>> For the Spring 2012 Boy Bag campaign video, Karl Lagerfeld takes us on a journey back to the '20s with a mini silent film. Titled My New Friend Boy, the video comes complete with a dramatic piano soundtrack, some very moody lighting, and — like any silent film worth its salt — an undercurrent of darkness. Nailing the part of silver-screen heroine — and making her Chanel campaign debut — is Lagerfeld's latest muse, model Alice Dellal. See it all, right here.
More Spring '12 ad campaigns are coming in and we're loving what we're seeing. From Zuzanna Bijoch's artsy turn in Alexander McQueen to Candice Swanepoel's striking transformation for Prabal Guring, it's a harmonious Spring campaign medley. Draw sweet inspiration from Mulberry's dessert-filled boardwalk campaign, take hold of strong, feminine shapes from Proenza Schouler, or channel Hitchcockian film noir via Jil Sander's dark, sexy ads. Whether you're looking to go ultra girlie or plan to stick to bold, tailored silhouettes for Spring, there's something for everyone in the latest batch of glossy Spring 2012 campaigns. All you have to do now is click through to peep the likes of Tom Ford, Valentino, and more.
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Lauren Conrad strolled through LAX — just a day after her 26th birthday — rocking a comfortable yet cute outfit en route to New York Fashion Week. Her blue-and-red striped Enza Costa sweater brightened up her all-black ensemble, while her Chanel weekender bag held all of her travel essentials. What's great about this sweater is that it can easily go from day to night just by pairing it with a leather miniskirt or pants, sky-high booties, a sharp blazer, and a stud clutch.
Serena van der Woodsen probably wouldn't be caught dead without her signature sky-high pumps, but Blake Lively ditched her glam persona in exchange for a downtown-cool ensemble while on the set of Gossip Girl in NYC. She kicked off her laid-back look with funky Christian Louboutin sneakers, then bundled up in a multitexture Dolce & Gabbana coat. Unfortunately, Blake's jacket isn't available online, but this look is easy to re-create at home by layering a purple coat over a gray ribbed cardigan, throwing on some distressed jeans, then finishing off with a pair of high-top kicks — here's a Coach pair we love.