Chanel has always been the epitome of chic. It’s no surprise then that the French label’s theatrical show at the Grand Palais during Paris Fashion Week was said to be the highlight of the event. The Parisian label didn’t merely produce a catwalk show, it created a theatrical performance. Putting aside Karl Lagerfeld directing an extravagant show with its catwalk set, orchestra, yettis and fur hot pants, the garments in the stores will undoubtedly be pleasing to the sophisticated lovers of this world renowned brand.
Many stars attended the show, including a pregnant Lilly Allen, Keira Knightly with her first ever decent haircut, ex-supermodel Claudia Schiffer looking simple but nice, and Rachel Bilson in Chanel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011.
Monochromatic with splashes of pastel colours dominated the show’s theme, “Global Cooling”. Whilst many may disagree with this theory but the back drop of an iceberg that had been imported for the day all the way from Sweden was nothing less of genius to inspire the audience into buying designs from the new collection. Adorned with tweeds, furs, feathers and jewels, the models splashed their way around the iceberg.
There were many elements of the show that left onlookers talking, the iceberg, the 90-piece orchestra, the cute son of model Brad Koenig walking hand in hand with his father down the runway donning a tweed jacket, and the re-emergence of ex-Chanel muse, 53-year-old model Inès de la Fressange. Karl Lagerfeld, who has often been accused of refusing to deviate from his use of super slim models, not only used an old model but also plus size model Crystal Renn who walked the catwalk for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection.
The Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection contained fringed wool shifts, tweed suits with fur edging, sculpted knits and crystal-edged chiffon cocktail dresses. Powerful statement clothes from a powerful collection.
The label’s Ready-To-Wear Spring/Summer 2011 collection again featured the same colour palette of monochromes and splashes of pastels. Tweed as always, was ever present. Tweed short shorts, tweed skirts, tweed dresses. Embellished dresses made of chiffon. Some with large floral prints, some fringed, some tiered and others layered. The collection contained the usual rich fabrics interspersed with, gold jewelled cocktail bags, feathered and jewelled necklaces and tweed boots. Of all the beautiful items, the tweed shorts are absolutely ‘to die for’.
Karl Lagerfeld that very morning received a phone call from President Nicolas Sarkozy informing him that he is to be made a commander of the French legion of honour. It’s hardly a surprise when he continues to bring so much to the world of fashion.