Paris Haute Couture S/S 2018: Chanel

A peaceful garden setting for a Chanel Spring 2018 haute couture show steeped in inspirations from nature, floral embroidery, to rows of rhinestone vegetation. Karl Lagerfeld‘s latest fairy tale extravaganza is defined by silk, lace and organza in pastel palette. Natural elegance took center stage as Chanel travelled back to its roots.

Forget the airport terminal, Chanel-branded supermarket and the Chanel space rocket, this morning the interior of the Grand Palais transformed into a French formal garden, an intimate setting circling a fountain centrepiece. The clothes were the star of their own show, rather than the second act. Unusual for Lagerfeld, but lovely nevertheless. As is customary, tweed outfits were first on the catwalk. In subtle shades of buttercup, green and periwinkle, the iconic boucle jacket was reinvented with a cropped fit and wide shoulders. City shorts and skirts completed the looks, while each look was crowned with a bouquet-topped veil.

Then came the gowns. Kaiser’s vision for the next season includes tulip-shaped skirts, floral lace dresses with long embellished organza and rose satin styles. Model of the season, Kaia Gerber, appeared on the runway feathered in pink,  in a dress embellished with floral embroideries. Every outfit blossomed with sparkling floral crystals and petals, particularly breathtaking outfits such as the silver jumpsuit or the pieces with embroidered transparent flowers. As a result of Karl’s announced “new attitude” towards haute couture, sharp tailoring and opulent gowns which mirrored their botanical surroundings in both natural elegance and freshness took centre stage. Naturally, child model Hudson Kroenig closed the show, toting a wicker basket filled with white and pink roses, accompanied by a model wearing everything but a regular (and expected) wedding dress. This is most definitely Chanel’s new look. 

Photo credit: Vogue (runway), The Impression (cover)