Would You Wear Chanel’s Denim Tube Dress?

Chanel shows a denim tube dress for Spring 2013 at Paris Fashion Week.
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A list of iconic elements come to mind with the mention of mammoth fashion house Chanel: classic ladylike chic, Karl Lagerfeld, pearls, tweed. But DENIM??? Well, stop scratching your head and giving me the side-eye because the above denim tube dress really is 100% ripped from Chanel’s Spring 2013 ready-to-wear Paris Fashion Week show. Front-facing butt-pockets, bright red pocket square and all, this is an actual Karl creation for the legendary French house of high fashion.

We wouldn’t blink twice if you told us this runway look was put together by our patron saint of fashion-forward streetwear Jeremy Scott (he is, after all, the mastermind behind Rihanna’s “We Found Love” j’outfit). To tell us this is the work of Karl Lagerfeld, purveyor of immaculate tailoring, fingerless gloves, and all things collared, though? That’s another story. That’s not to say that Chanel has NEVER done denim before. Look no further than the Resort 2013 show and you’ll spy at least one denim dress and even further back to Spring 2008 and you’ll find a veritable sea of blue jean ensembles. Still, though, we argue that this is a special case.

The denim pieces Karl has created in the past have all stayed pretty true to Chanel’s affinity for classics. Their specialty, after all, are classic silhouettes updated by a modern fabric. The 2013 Resort dress is ladylike with a high neckline and full A-line skirt, and even the denim itself is soft and light and a uniform wash. The Spring 2008 looks are also generally pretty classic with a few exceptions for cut-outs and experimental panels of tweed. THIS DRESS, however, gives Chanel a bit more of a kooky side.

This looks a lot like if you had a subtle flare denim midi skirt lying around and decided on a whim that you needed a way to freshen it up. You slipped a black, pearl-studded belt around the waist and stuck a red handkerchief in your back right pocket, then looked at yourself in the mirror unsatisfied. Remember the implications of certain flagging handkerchief codes, you immediately turned the skirt around, paused, pulled it up to your armpits, and just KNEW you had stumbled upon something FIERCE.


Chanel shows a hula hoop purse and plexiglass brimmed top hat for Spring 2013.
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What’s more, Karl also sent a hula hoop handbag, pearl-decked silhouette sunnies, and top hats with plexiglass brims down the runway for Spring 2013. It’s definitely a playful side of Lagerfeld and Chanel that we absolutely do not mind seeing more of, but we want to know what you think. Would you wear these kookier Chanel designs? Let us know in the comments below!

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