Chanel Pre-Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Report

May 15, 2012 By:

Karl Lagerfeld travels to a private enchanted garden in a section of Versailles to debut his Chanel Pre-Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

The outdoor catwalk made for a perfect backdrop for a show that was heavily inspired by young French aristocrats in the 18th century.

“Cara Delevigne opened the show with a colored short fringe hair piece and a baby blue dress. The hair was a highlight throughout – each girl with a different sorbet hue,” as excerpted from

The first half of the show consisted of androgynous pantsuit ensembles paired with these terrible flat tennis shoes. Still trying to understand the decision to have the models wear tennis shoes, but you don’t question The Karl. Maybe Lagerfeld was trying to channel Sofia Coppola’s visions from her 2006 film “Marie Antoinette”? If that was the goal, he succeeded.

Lagerfeld says the inspiration was “coco rock, not rococo.” Not sure what that means, only that Lagerfeld calls it “very rock” and “not at all 18th century.”

Too bad the whole thing was “all 18th century.”

The whole show was attempting to bridge a gap between fancy romanticism and modern day rocker, which was helped in part with the choice of music in the show. The models strutted down the catwalk in everything from MIA to Michael Jackson.

Alice Dellal, the face of Boy Chanel handbags, ended the evening with her band serenading the audience with heavy metal music, a surprising, yet fitting end to the elegant courtyard show that treaded into more edgy territory.

There were even some swimsuits, but these things were way too pretty to ever put underwater.

The 67-piece collection ended in some tour-de-force gowns like a pastel petal frock and an ivory gown with delicate purple brocade detailing.