I thought Lagerfeld will never be able to top what he did for the set of Chanel's 2010 Fall Pret-a-Porter collection and I was proven wrong. Lagerfeld placed gigantic golden statue of roaring lion with its paw resting on a pearl bead in the middle of historic Grand Palais in Paris. It was majestic, proud and regal and that was exactly what this season's collection was all about. The show started off with the usual, meticulously tailored Chanel emsembles with amazing cut then moved on to breathtaking masterpiece dresses. The final wedding dress, which looks like a sequined dress to the naked eyes, was actually made of literally millions (Lagerfeld estimated in his interview more than 2 million paillets have been used) of tiny Camilla flower paillets (all hand-sewn). This collection seems to share the inspiration of 2006 Fall Haute Couture collection for Chanel. Many garments resonated strong medieval feel, with its moodier colours and tapestry inspired embroideries, but this collection seemed more mature and even, perhaps, darker. Despite all the sequins, beads, crystals and embroideries, what I felt was amazing restraint and almost militaristic discipline which added to the elegance of the collection.
Full collection in HQ