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

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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."

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

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

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Some of the garments had almost origami-like structure.

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

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

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

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Innovative necklines and bare shoulders.

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Black floral: A wee wallpaper-y.

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Although black and white looks crisp.

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Short sleeves and long hemlines.

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Only the darkly romantic need apply.

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Playing with sheer, lace, ruffles, layers.

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Metallics, more lace, an epic butterfly brooch.

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For the ghost of Mae West.

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

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Luxe takes on shades of midnight.

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Apparently Lagerfeld used something called "microsequins."

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

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

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

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Think Helena Bonham Carter is putting this on hold?

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stacyinbean

Karl I know you don't really like women that much but did you need to punch every single model in both eyes?

ETA - All of these outfits are what I imagine Downton Abbey would look like if I watched it on acid...