Wearable Wednesday…..Chanel


ch1This is going to be a long one- I can’t stop looking at this sheepy fabulousness!ch2scratch, scratch-ch3 I want this jacket- I have sleeve envy. ch4Anyone know how to make a wooly Elizabethan ruff? I demand a tutorial! ch5hmm-ch6I love this one- ch7This is a big wooly collection- 79 looks- we must press on-ch8This makes my inner 80’s gal very giddy-ch9I want! I want! But where would I wear this? ch10I must start being more selective- I can’t show everything, but this one- oh….ch11Oh, it’s glittery AND wooly! Those are magical sheep! ch12Kazz– are you out there? This collar is for you!ch13Ding! We have a sheer bodice sighting! Our Wednesday is complete! ch14Ok, I think this was Florence Welchs prom dress…ch15The happiest model-the only one not scratchingch16photo credits: style.com

77 thoughts on “Wearable Wednesday…..Chanel

  1. rosyragpatch says:

    Fabulous! Another one for Vogue Patterns, I think.
    I’ve got a book called The Tudor Tailor which has quite a bit about ruff making – they are linen though. There are patterns for various ruffs in it. There is also a lovely jacket – called a waistcoat – that I plan to make some day. I got as far as buying fabric and then had to use it to make the last quilt. Never mind, some day…

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  2. Well It certainly is cold enough here in Wisconsin for wool prom dresses-lol What an inspiring collection, Have pinned several images for inspiration, Now I just have to figure out how to get more sewing accomplished …sigh

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  3. Beautiful…so much texture and put together so well. Feast for the eyes. The red coat paired with the red plaid scarf is the one I drooled over the most and very wearable.

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  4. Love the first 2 coats… Doubt I’d ever need wool here in San Diego… Sigh. I noticed some Boy George inspiration in the mix… And those super puffy sleeves? If I was on a sinking ship they’d probably save me!!!

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  5. I’ve got to admit. I do love this collection. Must be speaking to the Scottish girl inside me. I had no idea I was channeling Chanel when I put the leather buckle on my sweater refashion a few weeks ago. Love it!!!
    I’m off to create an Elizabethan Ruff Tutorial for you.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Beth

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  6. mrsmole says:

    The last two dresses may have a chance at normal. The detached puffy sleeves and bust buckles are a hoot but the shoes…those poor girls, one wears socks and Birkenstocks and the other some of her older brother’s Desert Boots from the 70’s. Is Karl trying to out plaid Vivian Westwood? But hey couldn’t we gals surrounded by snow use those wrist warmers? The pine green coat outfit was beautiful even with the hat…I didn’t know that Lily Tomlin was modelling for Chanel.

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  7. The Chanel sicret is fabric. When you look at the garments – generally speaking they are not so complicated – but the used fabrics and colourse, ideas and playing with fabrics make these all so wonderful!…

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  8. Just think, we’d be conserving energy in the winter by wearing this stuff–you’d almost be forced to shut the heater off with this much woolly goodness!! We’d be saving the planet!

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  9. Seriously, I love that dark green outfit, makes me want to watch Brave again! I must find a hat like that too. Boy, does she look great in it. I like the bust buckles, of course she really doesn’t have a buckle worthy bust, but man, it gives locked and loaded a whole new meaning. I love seeing patterns using wool, love sewing with wool and most importantly, I love wearing wool.

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  10. Having received a copy of Claire Shaeffer’s Couture Techniques I shudder to think how long these 70+ outfits took make!! And to think Coco Chanel was famous for her elegant simplicity LOL.

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  11. Great to see you are working over the holidays to bring us the Wearable Wednesday segment. Love the first coat ….. but that’s about it for me. I’m just a boring conservative.

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  12. How is it possible to be so atrocious and so wonderful all at the same time? In my head, it is totally possible to wrap one’s self in a kilt/coat/wool blanket and live in gloriously photogenic bliss among heather and snow. Of course, in reality, that ends up being more soggy and crabby than stunningly gorgeous, but this is why I spend so much time in my head. 🙂

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  13. Leigh Ann says:

    I really like the first two coats, though they make me think of Charles Dickens! The rest of it? Not so much. Though I kind of like the greenish-grayish one with the skirt that looks like tree branches in winter–the one worn by the seriously ticked off looking model with the black hat and the coat (cape?) over her shoulders. (Is there some kind of modeling rule that you can’t walk the runway unless you look either unhappy or angry? Does this make it more “artistic”?)

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  14. *shocked gasp* I cannot BELIEVE you reviewed the sacred house of Chanel! Actually, truth be told, I’ve been wondering when you would! haha I love Chanel. Well, probably more like stand in slack-jawed wonder of Chanel. If I had a wardrobe of Chanel-only, I would be in textile heaven. *sigh* Can I just have everything, please?

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  15. nicebuttsdrivemenuts says:

    I stopped looking at Chanel collections in the ’90s because it got so boring. But this collection is amazing, I’m very awestruck by it. The blending of Game of Thrones with Working Girl is pretty brilliant. On paper this collection should’ve been a trainwreck, but I can’t find anything to criticize. I would consider a sex change operation to wear this stuff (and robbing a bank as well to afford it).

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  16. Well, who doesn’t love Chanel? Albeit, these do look very period costume-y, so you’d have to have the attitude to pull them off. And a place to wear them. But, why do the models look so angry??

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  17. How very Shakespearean. I like aspects of a lot of the collection although it would take a different frame of mind to see how to incorporate it into daily wear. I do love that first coat, although I suspect I’d feel like I was drowning in fabric.

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  18. Oh Chanel – my favourite! So every outfit is perfect in every way and there’s absolutely no criticism of any kind. If only I could contribute to the charity called Chanel……some of these do look a little (just a little, mind you) thrift shop put togethers

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  19. Och Aye! at last Chanel comes home! ( she has a fling with a Scottish duke – a highland fling you might say – I know, I know) Chanel has recently bought up an ailing cashmere factory in Scotland. Oh the lure of couture -fingers crossed there’s a factory shop! Love these- the glittery woolly number is my fav

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  20. Did you see the video of this collection? In snowy Scotland! The models were the only people who were warm. The show was in Linlithgow Palace, which inspite of what the French think is not in Edimbourg, or even Edinburgh.
    http://www.chanel.com/fashion/8-paris-edimbourg-2012-13-metiers-d-art-chanel
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    (You may wish to mute your speaker.)
    As to the mix of historical periods, it is a bit of a mash-up of Elizabethan, Stewart, Georgian and more. But very fun. I have always wanted to know how to look fashionable in the winter. Now there is some hope!
    Sandy in the UK

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