Presented at the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld puts humans back at the centre of everything by making “Intimate technology” the theme of the Chanel Spring 2017 collection. The models are seen walking through kilometres of cables, metallic racks and computer cabinets: the Data Center Chanel.
Lagerfeld suggests that the collection features details with “new materials and a wardrobe that is not classic at all.” Touch fasteners replace buttons, braiding becomes a thick jersey cable; woven multi-coloured tweeds include rubber strands and vinyl strips; cotton, denim and wool threads line up like countless electronic cables. Bold colours are seen throughout with backgrounds of blue, red, yellow, pink, purple, black and navy, a mix of pastels and electric shades. This palettes is diffused on caps in silk or tweed, sleek clutch bags in perforated silver leather, flat shoes with cross over straps, and the big pendant necklaces that resemble ID badges, held on with a snap hook.
The new Gabrielle bag suggests a new way to be worn: its double straps are slipped on around the head like a sweater, and nonchalantly border the neck and shoulders, as would a long necklace.
Technology comes attired in an unprecedented softness, on blouses with ruffled cuffs, and silk dresses whose motifs are inspired by the digital world, or other dresses with huge rounded pockets. Silk, lace and crepe georgette intermingle in the most delicate hues of powder, pale pink, candy pink, blush and peach sashaying through to midnight blue. From there on underwear becomes over wear.
Lily-Rose Depp, Anna Mouglalis, Gaspard Ulliel and Caroline de Maigret, the American singers Usher and Young Thug, French actress Alma Jodorowsky as well as the Chinese actresses Bai Bai He and Sandra Ma and the young Japanese actress Nana Komatsu all attended the fashion show in Paris.
Go backstage and discover how the digital era takes over fashion at the Spring 2017 runway show.