Chanel is still undoubtedly the label everyone wants to be plastered in, and Karl Lagerfeld knows how to satisfy the buyers, even if he hasn't introduced a massive shake-up to the system. Lagerfeld opened the year with his USA style star-and-stripe, USA-flag print dresses and jackets, which here at RT we were completely in love with, before progressing on towards a bizarre summer collection featuring everyone's favourite lovely Canadian supermodel, Coco Rocha, dressed up as Amy Winehouse's twin sister but far hotter and without the excess sleaze. In the autumn, Lagerfeld jumped on the 'let's reintroduce the old supermodels' bandwagon by hiring his ultimate muse, Claudia Schiffer. His dark, gothic inspired clothes were clearly his mojo and he did them very well. All in all, a good year, but it's time now for Nicole Kidman to be shunted out of her post in the No. 5 perfume advert (We hear Audrey Tautou was lined up for the role). Also, Lagerfeld should be wary that the infamous Chanel chain-handle 2.55 bag is being seen on anyone who is anyone famous who is under thirty and rich. This is not all a good thing, however, as even though there are some fabolous stars working the trend (Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung), it is becoming popular amongst WAGs and might possibly therefore become a chav phenomenon. Only British people will have understood the words I have just used, but let it be known that chavs officially killed the Louis Vuitton designs. Nevertheless, Chanel is, well, Chanel!
This review will be short, but very, very sweet. Possibly dulce. Dolce & Gabbana have had an INCREDIBLE year in our view. The painterly dresses that Domenico and Stefano premiered at the start of the year with the ad campaigns was fantastic. Then, they progressed to a more neutral summer, with luscious lovelies Jessica Stam and Caroline Trentini showing off their coats and dresses whilst climbing on top of a car/ escaping a building. They finished off the year with a stunning finish, reintroducing fashions like the trench coat to the runways, and keeping the ad campaigns at a high level, using a pale Claudia Schiffer amongst a row of tanned, saggy crones (We think Trentini is also in this campaign, being the girl in the black wig on the right). A few tiny blips throughout the year, but ones we can forgive.