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Chanel

Against a backdrop of dry ice pumped onto a catwalk lined with rocks to create an unsettling, lunar landscape, Chanel embraced a mannish direction.

The look Against a backdrop of dry ice pumped onto a catwalk lined with rocks to create an unsettling, lunar landscape, Chanel embraced a mannish direction.

Key pieces This was a surprising move for designer Karl Lagerfeld, who so often insists a feminine and ladylike look is right and proper.

Loose, grey trousers were teamed with houndstooth-print woollen cape coats and fur-trimmed flat boots. A cropped red bouclé jacket worn with an oversized sb suit retained some of Chanel’s ladylike heritage but catapulted it in a masculine direction as the models stood static on the catwalk. A cap-sleeved floor-length gown was more feminine, but the heavy fabric still gave it a masculine quality.

Commercial appeal Lagerfeld cemented the trend for harder masculine tailoring seen first on the Milan catwalks, so expect this to be a key trend for autumn 11.

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