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PFW Spring 2014: The Chanel collection up close and personal!

Elle Canada
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PFW Spring 2014: The Chanel collection up close and personal!

chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-1618Your front row pass to Chanel's Spring 2014 runway presentation. All photos courtesy of Imaxtree.com.

Even if you’re sitting front row, it’s hard to see the often exquisite details that set a design apart. The models move by in a flash and what you’re left with is a fleeting impression or feeling. After the Chanel show earlier this week my “fleeting impression” was: whimsical, colourful–happy fashion. I was also totally charmed by Karl’s pop up art gallery. He said his goal was to create an encounter between art and fashion and he succeeded. I was fortunate to have a chance to visit the famed 31 Rue Cambon shop to see the collection. Below you can see the ribbons of chiffon woven into the tweed, the organza and lace details, the pearl embroideries as well as the texture and colour of the different prints—including the paint swatch pattern that was inspired by an antique colour chart that Karl found in a shop. Check out more pics from Chanel Spring 2014 after the jump...

chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-989A close up of Chanel's pearls and sparkles (plus the colourful, artistic eye makeup).

032300chanel-spring-2014-runway-699Look #61: The full length outfit with bulging pearls and a dramatic silhouette. 00chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-988A magnified look at the pearl and chain embellishment combo.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-9844Look #68: The final pearl and chain design on the runway. chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-9899This detail shot reveals the true intricacy of Chanel's pearls and shining crystals. chanel-spring-2014-runway-99892Look #69: The pearl and crystal pairing in a full length look at Chanel Spring 2014. chanel-fashion-runway-spring-2014-3321Plastic, tweed and lace made an appearance in Chanel's exquisite accessories.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-55Look #12: Textured fabrics also made their way into the full length looks. chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-7777We're in love with these shiny, coloured pieces of plastic.

00000chanel-spring-2014-runway-00000Here's how those small patches appeared on the runway in Look #23.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-5555Plastic flower embellishments add beautiful detailing to any spring look.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-09999Look #62: Even from far away, those dainty flowers are still in full bloom. chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-upsA woven collage of fabric and rubber thread twisted around Chanel's clothes and accessories.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-9797Look #24: The full length fabric and rubber thread ensemble. (We should also take a moment to appreciate that edgy short haircut.) chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-9797The paint-swatch fabric inspired by an old colour chart Karl found in an antique store.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-8744Look #80: Check out the colourful pop the paint swatches give to this spring outfit. chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-2222Classic tweed with a stylishly distressed leather Camellia.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-4664Look #35: From the front, this tweed dress has roses printed all over for full-on romance.

0000chanel-spring-2014-runway-close-ups-1010Chanel's cashmere cropped sweater with a knotted scarf.

chanel-spring-2014-runway-3522Look #42: Karl had the models wearing this sweater in three different shades. (You can never have enough cashmere in your life.)

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