Chanel (arguably the highlight of the Paris fashion calendar) sent a subtle, classic, ecologically-inspired haute couture collection across a runway of perfectly manicured lawns and pools of water in the French capital Tuesday.
“It’s not really bling-bling red carpet,” said designer Karl Lagerfeld as he greeted fans and well-wishers at the iconic Grand Palais venue just off the Champs-Élysées.
“We’re in fashion and at the moment ecology is part of the expression of our time, what fashion is supposed to be,” Lagerfeld said.
The show drew out the stars, with British actress and model Cara Delevingne taking a front row seat alongside US movie star Gwyneth Paltrow, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Diane Kruger.
The catwalk was also star-heavy with Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz exhibiting ankle-length skirts, variations of the classic cropped Chanel coats and shimmering beaded numbers straight out of the roaring 1920s.
Dior looks to the future
The first Dior show since Raf Simons’ departure mirrors the house’s evolution towards a modern woman looking for luxury. The Spring-Summer 2016 collection was put together by the brand’s in-house team, Swiss designers Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, and was unveiled in a structure specially designed for the show, with mirrors on ceiling and walls, installed in the garden of the famed and recently renovated Rodin Museum.
The show featured shoulder-baring designs, rich embroidery and transparent chiffon dresses, while Dior’s trademark bar jacket was given a masculine look.
The fashion house has yet to announce a successor to Simons, who left after some three years to develop his own label.