Chanel crowns Paris season with a botanical ode to fall
VIP GUESTS at Paris Fashion Week left the urban bustle at the door on Tuesday, as they entered Paris’ Grand Palais to discover a giant indoor forest complete with dewy scents and rustling dry leaves at Chanel’s spectacular ode to fall.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld crowned the fall-winter shows on its final day with his oak and poplar forest – a welcome breath of fresh air for fatigued fashionistas as they reached the finish line after viewing more than 70 collections during the week.
CHANEL’S AUTUMNAL MUSING An autumnal palette in the clothes mirrored the oak leaves and green moss that covered the floor at the Grand Palais salon. Green, black, beige, grey, russet evoked the months of decay, contrasting with sections of sky blue. Huge statement scarfs in vermilion and saffron added a touch of seasonal humour.
Fuzzy leaf motifs - such as beech, oak, sycamore - were used decoratively on oval or A-line coats that glimmered with metallic thread. Wide coppery pants had a sheen that evoked morning dew.
History is never far from Chanel, the storied maison founded in 1910. The fashions of that era were softly referenced in a series of fully covered gowns in rich fabric with high Edwardian collars, fastidious embellishments and myriad jewellery.
A fur cape in brown and grey, with an imposing triangular silhouette, looked Russian and imperial.
Front row guest Keira Knightley cut a chic colour contrast in her purple, flared Chanel midi-dress, Geraldine Chaplin's Zest for Life (and death).
In a brightly coloured Chanel turtleneck, the actress daughter of silent movie star Charlie Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin, attended Chanel's autumnal fashion display alongside French singer Vanessa Paradise.
The dead leaves scattered around the ground didn't dampen the humour and zest for life of 74-year-old Chaplin, who has played Coco Chanel in film and has an affectionate bond with the house. She will next be seen on the silver screen playing a "very nice English nanny" who meets a sticky end in 2018's Jurassic World.
"I get eaten by the biggest, strongest dinosaur," she said, while smiling and relishing every word.
"I get thrown into the air and smashed to smithereens, and killed in a horrible way," she added. "It was an amazing experience, obviously."