A majestic, jaw-dropping backdrop is a norm in any Chanel show. Somehow, almost magically, the house outdoes itself every season. Yesterday sees yet another headline-making show, the presentation of fall/winter 2017/18 haute couture collection. Imagine this: a 38-meter high reproduction of Eiffel Tower inside the glass dome of Grand Palais. Karl Lagerfeld did it again.
The backdrop gives away the underlying message in the 64-piece collection: a tribute to Paris. Tweed is literally everywhere the eyes could gaze throughout the show. A material synonymous to the house, it metamorphoses into jackets – long tunic, cropped or double breasted. It is worn with dome or wraparound skirts, tubular dresses or wide-cut jumpsuits. The silhouette is graphic, supported by tweeds, mohair, and grey, black and white wools, autumnal palettes in navy blue, burgundy and green.
“It’s a vision of a revived Parisian woman, it is all about cut, shapes, silhouettes. Here the line is very delineated and graphic, it’s very modern” says Lagerfeld.
All the ladies wear boaters, a nod to Coco Chanel’s signature style. In a look, the boater gets a glamorous makeover in sequins. Still in Coco’s fuss-free spirit, all looks were worn with minimum accessories, in accordance to the revolutionaire’s famous saying: “when accessorising always take off the last thing you put on.”
At the end of the show, Lagerfeld receives an honour from Paris mayor Annie Hidalgo for his contribution to the French fashion industry. The designer is awarded with Paris’s highest honour, the Grand Vermeil medal. In his acceptance speech, Lagerfeld exclaims: “let’s celebrate France and Paris. Vive la France!”
See all the looks from the collection in the gallery above.