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Chanel goes futuristic for spring '17

Chanel goes futuristic for spring '17

Chanel went for a futuristic feel with robots and light-up handbags for spring 2017.

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld presented his latest collection on Tuesday morning (04Oct16) as part of Paris Fashion Week. The designer always creates fantastical sets and this season chose to transform a room of the Grand Palais into a data centre, complete with computers and brightly coloured wiring.

Front row fixtures Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Carla Bruni, Courtney Love and daughter Frances Cobain and Chanel muse Lily-Rose Depp sat perched by the runway, and watched intently as the tech-themed presentation kicked off. And singer Usher impressed in a Chanel denim jacket, tweed Timberland style boots which he accessorised with a mouthful of gold grills.

The show opened with two unidentified models dressed as Chanel robots complete with futuristic Daft Punk-esque helmets and classic monochrome tweed suits. Model Arizona Muse then followed, wearing a sheer pink slip dress with a white tweed jacket which featured dark blue velvet detailing.

From there Lagerfeld opted for a streetwear-inspired take on Coco Chanel’s classic suiting, choosing to dress models in brightly coloured boucle jackets which were paired with jazzy printed baseball caps worn to the side on a slight slant like a true ‘90s skateboarder.

But a standout look had to be a technicolour chiffon cape dress, which trailed behind the model as she walked, and was complemented with a matching cap and huge dangling earrings.

Hairstylist Sam McKnight created the models’ ponytails, where were fastened with colourful hair bobbles and Chanel logo charms attached. And the technology-theme was also evident in the handbags some models carried, which had mini lights which can be made to flash with personalised messages, such as Hello and How are you?

Following in the footsteps of Valentino and Givenchy, Lagerfeld opted for flat shoes, with models either donning classic two-tone pumps in silver and black or stark white boots with a miniature block heel.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Tuesday with shows from Kenzo and Paul & Joe.

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