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When anticipating a Chanel show, one’s mind can go anywhere. Is Karl Lagerfeld going to go literal and give us an interpretation of a place or period? Will there be wild makeup? Out of this world hair? Clever minaudieres that will set Tumblr a-storm?

Photo: Kevin Tachman

For fall 2014 haute couture, Lagerfeld pared back his over-the-top tendencies and presented a collection focused on shape. Reportedly inspired by Le Corbusier’s apartment (per a Vanessa Friedman tweet), Lagerfeld cloaked his models in stiff boat necks, tweed bike shorts under long coats and skirts, evening dresses with flared pannier hips, patterned dresses with a seemingly plastic texture and arm-bands of feathery fluff. The prevalent shape of garment evolved from something slightly flared at the mid-section into a full egg-shape by the shows end — a full life cycle of Chanel.

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Photo: Kevin Tachman

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