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Chanel Fall 2012 Collection: Romanced by the Stone

Who knew a reasonably comfortable, T-strap-inspired pump could look so mystical? I sure didn’t, not until I laid eyes on Chanel’s magical, crystallized, fossilized Fall 2012 runway show. For the new season, Karl Lagerfeld was, yes, romanced by the stone. And by the mineral and crystal…you get the idea. The runway was a single, massive, sparkling geode, but that wasn’t where it ended. The theme was carried through from head to toe!

The shoes, which head-on have the look of a mutated Mary Jane and from the side, a low, cutout bootie, possessed a good deal of interest to begin with. Ombré leathers in hues of gray, plum, fuchsia, and teal (inspired by smoky quartz, amethyst, ruby, and aquamarine, of course) made for an enticing way to shake up color. Panels of metallic, rough-cut tweed – even the bouclé got the sparkly-earth treatment! – introduced texture play that is still so very Chanel. But all that pales in comparison to the heels: amazing, transfixing, transparent shots of hollowed, stone-like cylinders, all topped off with clusters of glass-like rocks at the top. Karl has made the announcement: it’s going to be a rocky road come autumn, but with these conversation-worthy pumps, we will be walking easy.

Photos courtesy of Vogue.



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