Karl Lagerfeld always manges to reinvent the classic Chanel tweed suit in new and exciting ways and his Fall 2011 collection proved no different. This time around, the Kaiser gave the house signature a noted masculine edge, featuring tweed jumpsuits and cardigans.

The masculine/feminine aspect was played up even more by the oversized trousers and jackets, while the smoky runway added to the Gothic overtones set into place by the dark palette. Later on leather and lace were woven into the collection, giving Lagerfeld’s Jane Eyre a kick of rock and roll.

Gone were the flats from the Couture show (thankfully), but absent too were the sky-high stilettos that have been dominating the runways for a good ten years or so. Is there more than smoke, but also change, in the air?

The austerity of the 77 looks (Lagerfeld does not rest on his laurels…or apparently rest at all) was extremely satisfying. There was barely any color to speak of except a red here or a green there, but the overall effect was a worn but chic simplicity.

Photos: Style.com