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Chanel Pre-Fall 2011

The pre-fall 2011 collection from Chanel was themed, Paris-Byzance, after its Byzantine inspiration found in Empress Theodora. If possible, the pre-fall season brought an even more opulent and lavish showing than spring with a heavy emphasis on gold trimmed jackets, exciting silhouettes and crystal adorned bodices. Despite the antique influence, creative director Karl Lagerfeld grounded the show with Chanel’s signature relaxed elegance.











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36 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    December 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    how is Bambi in a Chanel show??? she’s cute, but not Chanel-level

    • The Minx

      December 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      agreed

    • Edie Portman

      December 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      I thought of that too, she doesn’t have a runway body as so many others

  2. Allee Lee

    December 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    O: I’m actually liking some of these designs, though that could just be because I wish I lived during the Byzantine Empire.
    Totally snazztastic, though others I’m not particularly fond of, but they’re nice.

  3. Anonymous

    December 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Its over-the-top, its glamorous, its so Chanel. Im so obsessed with Ginta Lapina. I think she is the most beautiful model working currently. Such an exotic blonde.

    Is Freja wearing jeans on 2nd page?? Never thought of jeans and Chanel in the same sentence. Also, that purple dress on 3rd page, top, is TO DIE FOR.

    Chanel is always exciting. You might not like it, but its never boring.

    • Lanlan

      December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      ye you are totally right might not like it but definitely not boring at all

    • Kinulka

      December 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      There were atually jeans in the previous collection, Snejana weared them! grey ones but jeans.

    • loveydovey

      December 9, 2010 at 1:10 am

      sorry.. but chanel isnt supposed to be over-the-top. its supposed to be understated elegance. seriously. no offense meant. but you are right, chanel and jeans? wow right? and the purple dress does look pretty. its not boring but for some reason its more karl lagerfeld than coco chanel but then again, chanel is lagerfeld … or is it?

      • Anonymous

        December 9, 2010 at 6:06 am

        Well its been over the top last few seasons…i mean did you see those Chewbacca outfits for fall 2010??? Coco rolled in her grave. Twice. Coco Chanel’s Chanel will never be what was meant to be. Spring 2010 Couture remains my favorite under Karl’s vision.

  4. The Minx

    December 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I love these, some of the ensembles are strikingly gorgeous. And I really like the relaxed trousers and long, ornate coats.

  5. flo

    December 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    what a great improvement after the ridiculous faux fur boots and ski gear of last F/W season!!!this is actually wearable and desirable and of such indulgent luxury. Tweed with a Byzantine twist! Some of the coats are to die for!

  6. Kaross13

    December 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    No.

  7. Olya Nikol Pishcheva

    December 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Very good. Yes, it’s nice. I like it. ~

  8. Vicki Archer

    December 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I am liking it….xv

  9. Miranda

    December 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that Anja Rubik is missing?? She always appears on a Chanel show…

    • maddie

      December 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

      Yes, I noticed…strange…

    • chantelle

      December 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

      there is no abbey, either. . . !

      • Kaross13

        December 9, 2010 at 6:57 am

        I know! Where is Anja ????!!!!

      • Emma

        December 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm

        yeah i was thinking where’s abby lee. i haven’t seen her in a while

        17andalwaysdreaming.blogspot.com

    • Huiting

      January 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

      I’m not sure where Anja is but Abbey is absent because she was in a bike accident so she is still recovering

  10. Alex Castro

    December 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    To be honest, I don’t like it at all. I HATE the dress on Lindsey Wixson. Costume much?

    • Anita Siraki

      December 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm

      agreed…i’m not digging any of the looks except maybe the all black one on the first page

  11. Josefin

    December 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    love the hairstyles!

  12. maddie

    December 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I actually really like it, and I’m not really a Chanel fan at all. So much better then his past two collections…

  13. Guest

    December 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Wow, I love it, it’s glorious! Ever notice how the best fashion collections are always the historically-inspired ones? <3
    My favorite look is the 16th one on the first page, with the empire-waist pleated blue mosaic-dress. <3
    Chanel just keeps getting better, Lagerfeld is a GENIUS!
    -Julia

  14. Coenobita54

    December 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I love how, through a Chanel show, the outfits always develop into a different story from the beginning of the show to the end. How creative!

  15. maddie

    December 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    OH I forgot to mention/ask, is anyone kind of mad Blake Lively is the new face of Chanel? Or am I the only one who finds her irritating/not a fashion icon AT ALL.

    • Anita Siraki

      December 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      she annoys me beyond belief…not saying she’s not pretty…but overrated would be a good word to describe her at this point in time

  16. gretel barcenas

    December 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    CHANEL is the very best

  17. Anita Siraki

    December 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    not a fan

    doesn’t even feel like chanel to me honestly…except maybe the attempts at the tweed jackets…

    http://whycantmybestfriendbeme.blogspot.com/

    • loveydovey

      December 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

      exactly!!!!! i mean, where is the essense of the woman here? this is more jean poiret than coco chanel. but as i said, maybe its not chanel. its karl lagerfeld’s chanel.

  18. rotimi ariwoola

    December 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    i dont know too much about female fashion, but this collection is beautiful! i luv the patterns, texture and styling of the clothes.

    http://www.thingsilike-rotex.blogspot.com

  19. Francisque Sanchez

    December 9, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Nobody mentioned the apparence of Barbara Palvin ?!

    Sounds promising =) (Barbara..)

    In fact I’m not that into Chanel but here’s a whole new concept, and I agree with Karl on this one !

  20. classiq

    December 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I love the glitter and opulence of the collection, the classic elegance

  21. classiq

    December 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I love the glitter and opulence of the collection, the classic elegance

  22. Isabel

    December 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Bambi sticks out like a sore thumb. When I was just casually scrolling down I see her and I’m like, why is she there…also that dress is so not her. I know a sound like a teenager but it’s true.

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