The art of preserving codes at Chanel AW18 show.


Karl Lagerfeld is a man that loves a theme.For the Chanel Fall 2018 show he transformed the Grand Palais into a misty autumn scenery with real leaves covering the catwalk and a setting of a lifelike forest of tall trees that seemed to extent for ever. The autumn-inspired motif  was a recurrent one, as even the show invitations were at the shape of a Chanel leaf. A Fall collection in a fall enchanted wood,what’s more appropriate?

In fact,there seemed to be so much elaborate and conceptual staging during this Paris Fashion Week, that Lagerfeld’s iconography of the season felt liberating and even modern.The clothes featured long line coats adorned with feathers,quilted trousers, puffers and the House’s signature tweeds in matching skirts and jackets.The last exits were a series of evening gowns in lace worn with long gloves and bold earrings featuring the much Instagrammed Chanel logo.

What is impressive with every Chanel show is that it incorporates both the storied House’s history and its fashionable present.From Edwardian collars to over sized puffers and from signature tweeds to much hyped balaclavas,everything fashion loves seemed to be present yesterday. If nothing else,this show was a lesson in preserving a House’s codes and expanding them thus creating a future for the brand. Something that people in Givenchy and Balenciaga should take note of.

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