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Paris Couture: Chanel and Armani

Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Coco Chanel with his autumn 12 couture collection for Chanel on day two of Paris Couture Week.

Titled New Vintage and shown at the Grand Palais, Lagerfeld combined patchwork knits in shades of black, grey and dusky pink in skirts, coats, dresses and jackets as well as more traditional tweed style two pieces in the same muted hues complemented by silk fringing.

Relaxed silhouettes will be easily translated to the high street as the daywear line of smart two piece suits and winter coats gave way to a selection of elegant evening dresses in dove grey, black and more pink.

The strongest colours came through on a long sequin kaftan-style dress in a grey blue shade accented by shocking pink.

Glitter was also a key feature of the collection, having been woven through the signature Chanel tweed suits and also present on evening dresses, wide leg trousers and on silver sparkly tights.

Although the show was said by some to be more toned down than Lagerfeld’s spring 12 couture show, which took place inside a reconstruction of a jumbo jet, the collection received positive reviews with one fashion writer commentating “if Chanel is relaxed about the threat posed by Dior, it has reason to be confident.”

Elsewhere, Giorgio Armani presented a couture collection that was inspired by a midnight romance featuring midnight hues of blues and pale pinks.

Fabrications comprised of organza teamed with velvet and cardigans featuring silver embroideries.

The collection was diverse in terms of styles, with everything from A-line cuts to drop waists and wide-leg trousers to cropped jackets and strapless dresses.

In a similar move to Raf Simon’s debut collection for Dior, Armani chose veiled masks for some of his models at the show.

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