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Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2010

Nothing Chanel ever comes without its fair share of hype, and after being slightly disappointed by the resort collection shown a few weeks ago in St. Tropez, I was eagerly awaiting to see what Karl Lagerfeld would show in Paris for the Fall 2010 Chanel couture collection.

As is usually the case, the buzz was brewing before the show even commenced, with a who’s who of Hollywood trickling in to support the Kaiser.

Among the A-listers were Jessica Alba, Leighton Meester, Lou Doillon, Milla Jovovich, and Elisa Sednaoui. It was, however, Blake Lively who caused the most commotion when she let a little gossip slip.

The Gossip Girl star is in Paris filming season four of the CW show and she told WWD that the latest plot twist involved “hidden identities and Chuck and Blair bumping into each other, and just love affairs and beautiful clothes.” Here’s hoping that some footage from the couture shows makes it to the small screen.

 As for the show itself, it was held at Paris’ iconic Grand Palais which was outfitted with a 40 foot tall, 8 ton gold lion atop a huge pearl fastened imposingly on the runway (supposedly because Coco Chanel was a Leo).

The feline theme didn’t make all that much of a splash throughout the show, but it did culminate with a model walking out with a full-on lion head covering.

The color palette was overwhelmingly dark with a parade of maroons, rusty reds, and black outfits. With over 60 looks in the collection, there was a variety of silhouettes and inspirations on display.

Among the stand-out looks were gorgeously, seemingly architecture-inspired outwear, tightly fitted to the body and accented with prominent buttons and, of course, the classic daywear tweeds that included cropped jackets.


Not to be ignored were the baubles. Nearly every model walked the runway with fabulously chunky bracelets, which served as a more-is-more counter balance to some of the simpler looks.