Diane Kruger Channels Marie Antoinette in Denim at Chanel Show (But Was It a Fashion Faux Pas?)

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It was yet another star-studded front row at the Chanel Fall/Winter 2013 fashion show, which took place this Tuesday at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.

Diane Kruger, posing with Joshua Jackson, elegantly showcased a Chanel Resort 2013 short-sleeve denim dress, complemented by a Chanel Spring 2012 ear cuff, Jaeger-Lecoultre Grande Reverso watch, Chanel metallized python clutch, and Christian Louboutin Pigalle spiked flats at the Chanel Haute-Couture Show during Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012 on July 3, 2012Diane Kruger, posing with Joshua Jackson, elegantly showcased a Chanel Resort 2013 short-sleeve denim dress, complemented by a Chanel Spring 2012 ear cuff, Jaeger-Lecoultre Grande Reverso watch, Chanel metalized python clutch, and Christian Louboutin Pigalle spiked flats at the Chanel Haute-Couture Show during Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012 on July 3, 2012 (Credit: WENN)

Diane Kruger, one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite muses, attended the event in this pannier-skirted denim dress, the first look from the Chanel Resort 2013 collection.

Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger attend the Chanel Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2013 at Grand Palais on July 3, 2012 in Paris, FranceKarl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger attend the Chanel Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2013 at Grand Palais on July 3, 2012 in Paris, France (Credit: WENN)

The beret and studded pointed flats that Diane Kruger chose to accessorize with might be criticized as unimaginative. Still, her dress and the rest of the Chanel 2013 collection were explicitly designed with the 18th-century Court of Versailles in mind. So, her literal interpretation is the best way to honor the Kaiser’s design. Or it could also be Diane Kruger’s way of taming it down a little.

As much as we love denim, the fabric and the too-light wash sadly cheapen the design in this case. Karl Lagerfeld was going for a hip-hop and Marie Antoinette fusion for this collection, but it didn’t mix well. The clueless styling with platform creepers — something Prada has already done so well that it’d be challenging to top — didn’t help either.

A collection like this would be understandable coming from a fashion student but not someone as famous and established as Karl Lagerfeld. I can’t bring myself to like these denim pieces, but what about you? Do you think the Chanel 2013 Resort collection is a hit or a flop?

By the way, Olivier Theyskens could execute haute couture denim dresses flawlessly.

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