While the rest of the fashion world is obsessed with vintage, Karl Lagerfeld is over it. This Chanel Couture Fall 2012 season, he is about “new vintage.” "Vintage is depressing," Lagerfeld said, as reported by Style.com. "But 'new vintage' is something to come. It's preparation for something that could last."
The new vintage collection took on a pretty note, especially when compared to Resort’s punk rock Marie Antoinette interpretation or even Fall’s crystalline extravaganza. Silhouettes referred to the ‘40s with broad shoulders, pencil skirts, swingy coats, belted jackets, cape backs and embellished pants. Blush tones of pale pink, mid-tone pink and cream juxtaposed with dove grey and charcoal to enhance the delicate femininity.
It still seemed like business as usual on the Chanel runway with an extensive line-up of tweed suits, but in typical Lagerfeld fashion – especially for Couture – the material actually wasn’t tweed. The classic material was actually hand-worked embroidery on tulle, creating a true presentation of couture that will still look impeccable decades later. The already extravagant tulle-tweed further embraced the “new vintage” theme with embellishments of sequins and paillettes on cuffs and collars. A pair of pants even received an all-over healthy heap of sequins in a luxurious effort.
Eveningwear followed suit with the femininity, displaying whimsical gowns with an overwhelming assortment of embellishments. A sleeveless column dress was constructed with overlapping strips of raw-edge chiffons; a blush pink tulle number was adorned with soft flower appliqués; and a shimmery gown was decorated in fuzzy pom-poms. Lagerfeld’s last number, a magnificent Cinderella gown made of tulle and feather, was worthy of the finale. It was an angelic moment for Chanel Couture.