At the Grand Palais in Paris, on July 5, the atmosphere in the enormous stage had already been set before the defile by Karl Lagerfeld’s decision to present Chanel’s Couture collection in a very Parisian manner, and for that, he placed deck chairs in the shadow of an Eiffel Tower replica, lightly clouded at the top. The first sight of Couture started on Mario Batkovic’s ‘Restrictus’, who set the tone for the music that played throughout the show.
Looking at the clothes, I get a Merry Poppins feel, starting from the very first outfit. The hats, the shoes and the shape of the clothes, all send you on a playful journey that’s meant to be a secret, camouflaged by a rather serious attitude, especially given the lack of details that’s dominating the beginning of the show. Even after that, there’s an abstinence that’s happening, compensated only by feathers placed in the least expected places and big flowers playing out as pampered hems. Sleeves and high boots receive the same treatment, a manner that creates quite an image. Sparkling fabrics suddenly change the mood set at the beginning and with that the collection triumphs into the elegant and highly sophisticated Chanel garment.
The front row meant names like Kristen Stewart, Julian Moore, Kaya Scodelario (finally!), Nana Komatsu, Tilda Swinton and many other. After the show, Karl Lagerfeld received the Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris by the city mayor, Anne Hidalgo.