You’re cordially invited to the #CHANELHauteCouture spring/summer 2018 on Tuesday 23rd January held at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.
Venue & Set
The décor imagined by Karl Lagerfeld for the show evokes French formal gardens. At a glance, the set is a botanical wonderland of sorts but on further observation, it could be compared to an outdoor Parisian wedding. Held in the Grand Palais, a large exhibition hall and museum, elements of the capital is further addressed by makeshift landmarks in the venue such as the water fountain centrepiece resembling the Fontaine de la Concorde and wooden versions of the Arc de Triomphe – both famous monuments in the city.
Colour & Theme
With an overlying theme of floral, the colour palette of the collection goes alongside the spring/summer season with its light and pastel tones. Although the colours are predominantly different shades of pinks, greys and creams; the collection did not shy away from using bold colours with black, electric blue, emerald green and coral.
What’s a Chanel show without the very item of clothing that started it all off and revolutionised the way women dressed? The boucle knit tweed suits make appearances in the spring/summer 18 catwalk – some in one-piece dresses and coats, others in two-piece co-ords compiling of jackets and skirts. All have the same look that is associated with the signature vintage suit created by Gabrielle Chanel.
Whilst the suits had consistent outlines, the silhouettes of the gowns in the show were a variety of lengths and cuts; A-lines, trumpets, mini, tea length, sheath, mermaid, columns etc. Some standalone fits, others layered – from straight across cuts with floral embroidered skirts to short empire dresses overlaid with long embellished organza.
The Model of Honour
Wearing a dress embellished with feathers and floral embroideries and shoes to match, 16-year-old Kaia Garber is no stranger to the catwalk. As the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and model-turned-businessman Rande Gerber, Kaia is well accustomed to the runway having walked for fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Prada, Fendi, Versace to name just a few.
White Blouses & Colourful Skirts Combo
Capturing the essence of the spring/summer season takes the form of outfits comprising of white loose-fitted blouses and colourful floral skirts. Accentuated by a magenta pink sash and embellished by buttons, the outfits have different silhouettes but are still undeniably Chanel.
The traditional veil of the bride is reworked and turned into a totem piece of headwear in the catwalk with corsages and small veils adorning the heads of the models.
Attention to detail did not go unnoticed with the majority of the models wearing ankle-high pointed boots in either black or the same shade as their outfit.
Mr & Mrs
The last and final design unveiled in the spring/summer 18 show is a combination of both bride and groom. It’s an entirely different take of the classic wedding dress and incorporates characteristics of the wedding suit. Accompanied by a flower boy (instead of a flower girl), the Chanel bride (and groom in this case) is constructed with a masculine base consisting of a white waistcoat over collared shirt and matching white trousers and shoes, the feminine touch is added with feathery shoulders and a feathery skirt train a white floral headdress veil.
Last but not least!