Chanel celebrates Parisian style with couture collection
Chanel has paid tribute to Parisian style and culture with its fall/winter 2017-2018 show.
The French luxury fashion brand, helmed by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, held its latest presentation on Tuesday (04Jul17) morning at the Grand Palais in central Paris.
In the middle of the setting was a huge replica of the Eiffel Tower, with models walking on a runway at the centre, and guests perched on chairs placed around the structure.
The show opened with a model wearing a black and white thigh-length tweed coat with voluminous sleeves and buttons. The outfit was accessorised with a matching wide-brimmed hat and patent black leather Victorian-style lace-up boots. A number of similar tweed coats with bulbous or oversized sleeves followed, in a neutral palette of black, blue and grey.
Lagerfeld dropped in references to brand founder Coco Chanel's classic boucle two-piece suits too, showing a black tweed version with star-shaped buttons, and an elegant skirt and coat ensemble which was worn over a flowing white shirt.
The designer also showed a blue and grey tweed jacket and wide-leg trouser combination that would undoubtedly be snapped out by any fashion-conscious locals, and a burnt orange silk skirt which was paired with a cropped red tweed jacket.
But part way through the show, Lagerfeld dropped in some seriously glamorous eveningwear, such as a one-shoulder navy minidress with flower detailing, a black and violet gown with applique silk flowers attached to the bottom of the skirt and black duchess satin dress with bandeau neckline. All models wore bowler-style hats which matched their ensembles.
Yet a black ballgown with sheer fabric and velvet edging had to be a standout, as did the finale piece - a white wedding gown with bow belt at the waist and white flower-shaped ruffles layered around the hem.
Paris Couture Week continues on Tuesday with shows from Stephane Rolland and Alexandre Vauthier.