Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Today in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel Haute Couture collection for Spring 2013. He told the Independent:

"Chanel is a real couture house and when Pierre Berge said that couture is dead, I'm sorry to tell him it survives very well. There's a new clientele. In the past, a woman might have bought four or five dresses. Now those women buy 30. It's a new wealth."

Here's what the "new wealth" will be buying from Chanel: Tweed suits and feathers.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

The tweedy skirts and jackets were a new boxy twist on the classic Chanel suit.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Some of the garments had almost origami-like structure.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Open-toe lace boots and open-toe spandex liquid leggings? Interesting.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

The camellia is Chanel's signature flower; in this collection it was seen in white and in black.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Florals for spring are a given, but these are not the soft pastels you might expect.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Innovative necklines and bare shoulders.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Black floral: A wee wallpaper-y.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Although black and white looks crisp.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Short sleeves and long hemlines.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Only the darkly romantic need apply.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Playing with sheer, lace, ruffles, layers.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Metallics, more lace, an epic butterfly brooch.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

For the ghost of Mae West.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

To go with the feathers: A wild, winged eye.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Luxe takes on shades of midnight.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Apparently Lagerfeld used something called "microsequins."

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Black Swan's lesser-known sister, Gray Swan.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Something about this telegraphs melancholy and disintegration. Maybe it's the leaf.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Birds of a feather will peck each other's eyes out.

Chanel Haute Couture: For the Bedraggled Black Swan Lady Who Lunches in YouS

Think Helena Bonham Carter is putting this on hold?

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