Karl Lagerfeld transposed the ambiance of 31, rue Cambon for the presentation of the Chanel Spring 2017 Haute Couture collection at the Grand Palais. In a décor inspired by the 1930’s and Art Deco, the setting recalls the mirrors that reflect the grand staircase leading up to the CHANEL Haute Couture salons.
Models walked with slicked back hair and silver-leather high heels or thigh boots, this season’s look is all about a crazy femininity: with structured shoulders, defined and slightly raised waists, it reveals the accentuated hips. The collection featured a glamorous silhouette reinforced by the presence of straight or tubular lines, daringly low-cut décolletés and faux pearl jewellery transformed into anklets. Major hues of white, silver and grey, illuminated each time with metallic, silver, sparkling and iridescent notes, moving from beige, pink, yellow, blue and pastel green through to black and navy.
With great delicacy, the tweed suits with embroidered braid are draped at the waist, thus enhancing the curves of their tulip skirts. Playing with trompe l’oeil they become dress-coats, the jacket appearing to be tucked into a pencil skirt. At the back, ample golf pleats ensure the utmost comfort. Just as feminine and worn with tweed jackets, the dresses with officer or lavallière collars are dressed up in shimmering tones.
For evening, the silhouettes come in radzimir, duchess satin, organza and taffetas, flocked and laminated lace, tulle, jacquard and georgette with pearlised floral embroideries and glittering faceted stones. The embellishments come over the sheath dresses and those with more generous volumes accented stoles in tulle, feathers and lace. Sheath dresses are featured in floor-skimming mirrored embroidery, strips of sequin embellished lace, or balls of feathers. Meanwhile, a delicate and gracious sensuality seizes this collection that concludes with the arrival of CHANEL ambassador Lily Rose Depp who walks the runway in a wedding gown composed of diaphanous flounces in pale pink organza.
Go backstage and discover the inspiration behind the collection showcased through the intricate and refined details.