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Paris Fashion Week: Chanel hits the mean streets

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On the runway at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld went from the spring-summer show's manicured gardens, to the mean streets, steaming asphalt and all.

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With the Cure's "The Forest" on the soundtrack, Stella Tennant set the tone for the glam grunge collection, opening the show in a terrific-looking salt n' pepper boucle cape over a red cardigan, black silk crepe leggings and biker boots.

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The silhouette was relaxed, schlumpy even, which meant loose-fitting jeans with houndstooth cuffs, or distressed leggings, under Chanel's signature boxy houndstooth jackets or long, chunky knit cardigans.

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Trousers were rolled up over low-heeled black satin pumps (which made me want to start rolling up my own pants immediately). They were worn with cropped cardigans over long blazers, for a cool layered look.

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Continuing down the rough road, sweater knit dresses had a gravelly texture, and black leather-and-lace jumpsuits a certain mademoiselle-meets-mechanic appeal.

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If there was a weak link it was eveningwear, which didn't play much of a part in Lagerfeld's post-apocalyptic vision, except for a few short dresses in graying leaf prints, with puffy short sleeves.

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The new bag was a tougher version of the 2.55, sans quilting, and with a chunkier chain. And fans of Chanel cosmetics will be interested to know that the new nail polish shade for fall is a metallic gray called "Granite."

-- Booth Moore in Paris

PHOTOS:

Chanel fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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Photos: Looks from the Chanel fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavss and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

 
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