Amongst a runway lined with smoking lava and clouds of dry ice, Chanel presented a selection of pieces from its Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection in the beautiful Old Exhibition Building in Melbourne.



The dramatic presentation and haunting music reflected the dark aesthetic of Karl Lagerfeld’s moody collection. Models were draped in jackets made from traditional Chanel tweed, in the fashion house’s trademark black and white, with lurex and metallic weave added to give the collection a bit of shine and glamour.


Red and green accents were worked into the collection to add some colour. Edges were raw and the pieces were paired with heavy boots.


Dresses and coats were given texture through layers of feathers and lace adding a dramatic element to the garments.


Lagerfeld’s collection fitted in with the apocalyptic feel of his 2011 Chanel Fall Couture show and gives us a glimpse of what we’ll be wearing next season.


Couturing were lucky enough to be decked out in Chanel and couture by Melbourne fashion institution Madam Virtue. I accessorised my beautiful bright red Madam Virtue lurex structural couture gown, with a couture Chanel bag with jewel accent and matching earrings. This show-stopping couture gown was designed by talented in-house designer and co-owner JC Lloyd-Southwell d’Anvers and can be worn three ways. Thom accessories his classic outfit with an extremely rare gold Chanel necklace which combined think gold links and the trademark Chanel medallion with a delicate black ribbon.


Guests were treated to indulgent canapés and cocktails served in Chanel-esque cocktail glasses. From the food to the show, everything was immaculately presented and flawless. You wouldn’t expect anything less from Chanel.


Thank you to designer Adam from Tsen for inviting Couturing to this wonderful event.



About The Author

Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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