Back in December I posted about the pre-fall 2013 Chanel Metiers d’Art, which was one of my all time favorite fashion shows. Being a lover of plaids and tweeds and dilapidated Scottish castles was a lot of the appeal. Luckily for me this collection is in stores currently, and I got to see most of it while in New York last week.
As pretty as the show presentation was, there is simply no way to really see how fantastic these clothes are without examining them in person. While I do not have a Chanel budget, looking is free, and the education of examining clothing at this level of ready-to-wear is enlightening. We all bemoan the drop in quality in our clothing, but I can tell you that quality is available for a price.
I looked at the collection at Saks, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and the Chanel boutique. Between the four stores I was able to see most of what was in the show, though it appears that some of the more costumy accessories were either not produced, or they were not picked up to be sold at these venues. I guess they thought the sporrans were a bit much.
This was the coat that opened the show, and it is really stunning. Note the subtle plaid in the grey. The scarf is knit, with little woven wool appliques.
This dress was one of my favorites in the show, and in person it is just stunning.
What really makes this collection (and so many Chanel collections) interesting is the texture of the textiles. I loved this delicate blouse with the almost armor-like dress.
Note that the sleeves are on the bias.
As wonderful as this is, it is not couture. Note the machine made buttonholes.
The tweed skirt is actually a culotte. I wasn’t really crazy about this jacket, but the fabric is fascinating. It looks like a distressed leather with the yarns that form the design somehow attached.
They also had this boot in a flat, and many of the cute plaid boots from the show were for sale as well. I could spend winter in these. A girl can dream, can’t she?