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Review of the Runway: Spring 2013

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of shape is “to form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to.” This perfectly explains the theme of multiple designers’ spring 2013 runway collections.

While many are anticipating the first given opportunity to pull on an over-sized sweater or display their new Ralph Lauren boots, fashion weeks have already flaunted the hottest up and coming looks for spring. Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Valentino all provided boxy jackets with stunning prints and cuts complimented by simplistic garments. One designer in particular caught many an eye this year.

“Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape,” said Coco Chanel in an issue of Vogue from 1928.

Her legacy was recently presented in the spring 2013 fashion show by the one and only, Karl Lagerfeld.

Florals and colors and pearls, oh my! Elegance, girly-chic and confidence was apparent in all of the looks that strutted down a catwalk with futuristic-looking panels for Chanel’s spring show.

According to, Karl Lagerfeld, the godfather of Chanel, said the designer wanted to channel technology into fashion.

With 80 looks to view on the runway, there is an outfit for almost any occasion. Baby-doll frocks to long dresses were in abundance;  accompanied by bright spring colors even Mother Nature would approve of.

“We need energy. Energy is the most important thing of life!” Lagerfeld said.

How fitting, considering the line is full of vivacity. Flowers and plant images on organza and rayon knits consumed Lagerfeld’s line. And of course, large staple necklaces accompanied all looks alongside bracelets concocted of the Chanel staple: pearls.

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About Lauren Estlinbaum

Entertainment Director    —    Journalism major, Class of 2014
Lauren Estlinbaum grew up in Pearland, Texas, south of Houston (go Texans). She is a journalism major with a minor in apparel design. Lauren would like to work for either a fashion or lifestyle publication post-graduation. As she likes to say, she considers fashion magazines survival guides.

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