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Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2013: Tweeds, Feathers and Less Than Stellar Florals

Karl Lagerfeld showed a romantic and feminine couture lineup that included both tailored and more billowing silhouettes. The 60-plus looks were presented against a whimsical forest backdrop that included trees that had been specially flown into the Grand Palais.

The season's standouts were the fitted tweed separates, jackets and dresses that opened the show, all of which emphasized the models' shoulders, often times with armor-like panels. Less successful were the floor length floral looks that the designer presented, many of which appeared dated with their demure cuts and billowing bodices. Lagerfeld capped out the show in dramatic style, however, presenting a number of elaborately feather-accented looks and having two brides walk the catwalk together in a show of support for the French gay marriage law.

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