Chanel hosted its autumn/winter 2017 couture show this morning in Paris always an event of spectacular proportions.
Today’s outing saw Karl Lagerfeld recreate the brand’s atelier, complete with cutting tables, bolts of silk and taffeta fabric and seamstresses who sat quietly at Singer sewing machines. Models emerged fresh from fittings. It was a celebration of the unsung heroes of the couture world, the artisans who spent weeks crafting fashion’s most ornate creations.
As usual, the show attracted a starry crowd – including new Chanel muse, Willow Smith, who attended with her famous dad. So what takeaways can we learn that won’t mean we have to pay couture prices?
HEAD BANDS ARE OFFICIALLY BACK
Models’ bouffant curly hair was held in place by pretty headbands with bows. Very Blair Waldorf.
THIGH-HIGH BOOTS ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE
They were big last winter and it looks like thigh-high boots are here to stay. At Chanel, they came ruched and with kitten heels.
EMBRACE FINGERLESS GLOVES
Fingerless gloves have been a style staple of Lagerfeld since the dawn of time, and he’s now brought them to the catwalk. We remain unconvinced – still a little too Fagin-from-Oliver for our liking.
THE WEDDING TRAIN WAS GIVEN A MAKEOVER
Forget understated white tulle – the Chanel bride is getting married in a jacquard veil trimmed with ostrich feathers.
Cocktail dresses came with high shearling collars, which felt part Tudor, part Amelia Earhart.