Today, Karl Lagerfeld put them centre stage in the Grand Palais, transporting his four ateliers - two specialising in tailoring, two in "flou" - to the heart of the capital and in doing so continued what he has accomplished so successfully in his role as creative director of the storied fashion house: offering a treasured insight. Before the show began (amidst the chatter of the audience busily taking their seats), we witnessed dresses being fitted on models; seamstresses sat silently at Singer sewing machines; and long, illustrious bolts of silk and taffeta propped up against the walls where Karl's famous storyboard sketches had been pinned. Welcome to the world of couture.
When Edie Campbell opened the show, with a tousled top knot controlled by a wide leather hairband, the atelier carried on working in the background (a poignant nod to the speed at which the fashion industry moves – “onto the next!”). They did so throughout the presentation of the 32-piece collection in which triangular shapes dominated. Trapeze jackets in signature appliquéd tweed, embellished inserts, and the angular hems on jackets and gowns all had a trilateral aesthetic, offering contrast to the more sculptural tiered lampshade silhouettes which Lagerfeld favours so. Elsewhere suits came double-breasted and buttoned up, while structured collars stood stiff and away from slender necks. Every look was finished off with ruched suede knee-high boots, the detail of which was mirrored in long over-the-elbow gloves.
Full Images of Runway Show:http://www.globefashionrunway.com/#/chanel-haute-couture-2017/