Chanel's 2013 Cruise Collection

Ohh la la - It's time to take a look at Chanel's 2013 Cruise Collection which was reveled yesterday under the dramatic backdrop of the palace of Versailles.

The setting was no doubt chosen to compliment the collection as Karl had clearly been inspired by historical 18th Century French costumes, and in particular Marie Antoinette.

Ruffles, bows and lace were used in abundance whilst ornate embellishment was present in the form of gold embroidery and sequined flowers. Highlights included 'lampshade' skirts across a procession of white and pastel dresses. The other key length is still the Midi - a fact I am very happy about as its the perfect ladylike shape!

Tomboys though should not despair as wide trousers, pantaloons, ruffled shorts provided the required mannish touches and wedge brothel creepers and trainers kept things young and fresh.

But the most distinctive element was the models’ bunt bob fringed wigs in a pastel palette inspired by macaroons. In baby blue, blush pink, mint green and lilac they are a continuation of Chanel's S/S 12 collection with its under the sea theme - proving the sugar sweet colours are here to stay!

Another nice touch was the tiny interlocking C beauty marks on the models’ cheekbones, painted on by make-up artist Peter Philips. Tres Chic!

Guests meanwhile, included Tilda Swinton, current face of the brand Alice Dellal and Vanessa Paradis.

See below for my pick of the key looks...
Embellished pastel dresses with fun, flirty lampshade skirts  

Midi lengths were a key feature on showstopping dresses

Embellished tops combined with plain trousers and fierce footwear

Traditional Chanel touches including boucle jackets and monochrome

What do you think of the collection - fashion triumph or a Largerfeld let down?  

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