Fall 2017 Couture Week is in full swing in the witty city of Paris, and Chanel honored its home-base with an iconic Parisian-inspired runway show. The show took place in the historic Grand Palais, but Chanel made it a true Parisian affair by bringing another one of the city’s iconic landmarks to the building: a replica of the eiffel tower. Models strolled underneath the eiffel tower like true frenchwomen, many of them wearing tweed: a fabric that has long been woven into the DNA of the Chanel brand.
The color palette of the collection was rather subdued, filled with variations of gray, black and navy blues. The looks were reminiscent of the 20th century; from the boater hats that nearly all the models wore, to the structured, buttoned up silhouettes of each look. While the design of the garments themselves were extremely timeless, classic and refined, the makeup and accessories brought a contemporary flare. Patent leather footwear was sprinkled through the collection and the makeup was a beautiful medley of colors that brightened up the pieces.
As the show went on, the looks gradually became more edgy, trading in the tweeds for all black looks. The show ended with a beautiful Chanel bride in an all white gown; a wonderfully surprising end to the collection that somehow managed to flow harmoniously with the show. But the true belle of the ball was Karl Lagerfeld, who received the highest honor of Paris, the Grand Vermeil medal, from the city’s major Anne Hidalgo.