This year for the AW Ready-to-Wear Collection 2018, Chanel transformed the renowned Grand Palais into a woody wonderland to showcase the plethora of outfits created by the mastermind himself, Karl Lagerfeld.
21 oak trees proudly lined the centre of the runway – much to some environmentalists’ dismay – and were surrounded by a multitude of crimson, golden and chestnut coloured leaves; it truly was an authentic autumnal atmosphere. The runway décor provided a seasonal yet subtle backdrop as each outfit contained colours and textures that were complimented nicely by the fall scenery.
The show began with dark, neutral outfits, comprising mainly shades of black, brown and dark greens. The signature tweed was seen throughout the show, both in the forms of striking outwear and subtle adornments on jackets and dresses. Head-to-toe black outfits appeared next, accessorized with bold colours in the forms of scarves, fingerless gloves and collar detailing. The use of colour way playfully approached, keeping the essence of elegance and the all black allure, whilst adding a fun splash of colour.
Beautiful, leafy patterns emerged soon after; a verdant mixture of greens and burnt reds. Each outfit was paired with golden, metallic boots, some thigh high and some ankle length. The accessories took centre stage in this bedazzling show of jewellery, showcasing long necklaces adorned with gems and large, statement earrings proudly displaying the illustrious interlocking C’s. Each model had their hair swept up into bun up-do’s, giving the essence of an effortless yet stylish appearance. Make-up was minimal, so that the attention was immediately drawn to the exquisiteness and elegance of the clothes and accessories.
The spectacle ended with a parade of black dresses, accessorized with statement gloves and bags in an assortment of brilliant colours. A vast array of materials was experimented with to create these dresses, from layers of tulle fit for a princess to thin veils of chic lace for a more suggestive guise. Karl Lagerfeld made his brief appearance once the show drew to a close, sporting his new (Jeremy Corbyn-esque?) beard and graciously accepting the roaring applause.
Yet another beautiful world created by the ever so brilliant Lagerfeld has got us wishing we were back in the crisp autumn. Chanel’s shows could never get boring for us, the shows and clothes never fail to disappoint.