“Haute Couture is Paris”. Very attached to the capital city, Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to literary Paris, the one of book lovers and the Académie Française. Opposite the dome of the Institut de France, a décor of the Seine quayside lined with the world-famous book sellers’ “boxes”. An invitation to stroll that’s willingly accepted by CHANEL’s Parisiennes, who wear folded cuff booties and are mischievously coiffed with Rockabilly quiffs and ponytails.
Autumnal Paris inspires the season’s colour palette: the pale grey of zinc rooftops, anthracite of street asphalt, black and a deep nocturnal navy, gold and silver reflections of the Moon in the rippling Seine. The pale pink and mauve of sunrise, the white, ecru and beige of cloudy mornings, the almond green of the roofs of historic buildings, all reinforce the gentle panorama. In this sublimated Paris, crystal embroideries aligned like cobblestones, tulles netted and embroidered with gold recalling the padlocks on the Pont des Arts, sound like a declaration of love to a city of fashion and culture, to a rich historical heritage.
Tweed, classic or plumetis, flannel, velvet, crêpe, lace, taffetas, radzimir and chiffon adorn a slender silhouette. It adopts an original central theme: a zip embellished with braid splits the profile of skirts and jackets with narrow sleeves, sometimes framing them completely. A construction that structures an ultra-elegant look: as well as often-contrasting linings, the zips on long or knee-length skirts reveal a mini-skirt while those on the jackets expose an enhanced waist and, on the arms, long colourful fingerless gloves. Thus revisited, the iconic suit alternates with trompe-l’œil dresses and long coats. It returns once more in painted organza imprisoning a sheet of embroidered aluminium. Jackets are also joined by pleated skirts. Chiffon blouses, high band collars, lace tops, and others with plastrons embroidered with sequins, beads and crystals, further enrich the collection.
For evening, the shoulders are split, the busts richly adorned, embroidered and draped with bows, in complete contrast to the understated skirts and lower part of dresses. Lightness and delicacy are the order of the day with a chiffon or tulle sweater warming an embroidered top. A draped and embroidered neckline in lace and silver tissue paper drops into a fluid sheath dress. Another in silk georgette is structured with an asymmetric drape from the shoulder. A bustier waistcoat embroidered like a sunset responds to a long straight skirt in chiffon tiered with flat pleats. Other bustiers are worn with bubble skirts in frothing tulle.
Boleros in night-hued sequins glitter like the lights reflecting in the Seine, while tops with crystals placed like Parisian cobblestones answer voluptuous skirts in white, black or grey chiffon. The iconic CHANEL black dress, lined with a miniskirt and a zipped bustier comes in braided tweed, or pleated silk georgette. An evening pyjama in organza and stitched aluminium lights up a twilight promenade with colour. Velvet intervenes on a little black dress and its short silver robe, on a long black kimono with a lining embroidered with multicoloured flowers, a top braided with feathers sported with a long bubble skirt woven from silver tissue paper, and a long sheath dress finished with an embroidered bustier. The taffeta dresses have balloon shoulders, while others come with a high collar…
Finally, the bride steps out in a long straight dress and redingote-effect jacket in a pale green tweed embellished with leaves like those worn by members of the French Academy.
The new CHANEL ambassador Penélope Cruz, the CHANEL ambassadors Lily-Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Pharrell Williams, Marine Vacth, Caroline de Maigret, Soo Joo Park, Ellie Bamber, Ayami Nakajo, Liu Wen and Zhou Xun, American actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Mackenzie Foy, Thai actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukuying, Canadian singer Charlotte Cardin, French actresses Diane Rouxel and Carole Bouquet as well as French ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot attended the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture runway show this Tuesday July 3rd at the Grand Palais. With this collection, Karl Lagerfeld reminds us that Paris is a unique capital of fashion, of the arts and of culture, at one with CHANEL.