Chanel’s Haute Couture runway show for Paris Fashion Week was always going to be a spectacular affair. This year the show was set amongst a garden themed setting in a gorgeous domed historic building (very different to last year’s supermarket themed show). giant terrarium, with a centerpiece of life-sized tropical flora made out of white and grey paper. The paper buds opened into exotic blooms of pink, red and yellow as ladylike silhouttes strutted past.
The collection was distinctly Chanel with the classic tailored jackets (albeit cropped) and signature textured fabrics making an appearance. Karl Lagerfeld’s 73-piece collection boasted bare midriffs, tweed suits, crystal flowers and tulle gardening hats. “The new cleavage is the stomach,” Lagerfeld saidof his spring-summer 2015 designs.
According to Karl Largerfeld, the hundreds of sewn on flowers, featuring heavily in the collection, took six months to make. Clusters of oversized hand-stitched flowers hung heavily from hems of coats, exploding from shoulders or swinging from full skirts cut below the knee.
Of course, pale pink, synonymous with Chanel pieces, was a key colour plus a mix of dusty, sugary pastels with pops of electric blue, yellow, red and orange.