Karl Lagerfeld once more magnified the glass dome of the Grand Palais in Paris. This time, Chanel rebuilt the Gorges du Verdon to an almost life-size scale. This rocky watery decor celebrates the famous waterfalls in the south of France. On the runway, this was translated by a meeting of water elements and the couturier’s legendary tweed. With an iris rainbow palette, sparkling gold and silver recalling the effect of the sun and the moon on the surface of water, the iconic Spring/Summer 2018 tweed suit has an aqua look, while its fabrics take on the energy of nature.
Colors don’t exist in a natural state; they’re most often the result of a superposition of various shades. Karl Lagerfeld follows this principle in his compositions – melting blue and white together with vegetal greens and delicate pinks on bright shades, the key piece from the Spring/Summer 2018 runway envelops the silhouette of an inspired, airy elegance. The large woven tweed jacket is extended with fringes that trace out aquatic plants with wild dexterity. This complex equilibrium between natural textures and advanced techniques yields a breathtaking piece. Even better, illustrious Chanel boots become the most impressive piece in the collection when they appear in a transparent version on the models’ feet. This elegant humor is sure to make them the go-to rain boots for next season.
In front of an audience that included the likes of Marine Vacth, Caroline de Maigret, Anna Mouglalis, Liu Wen, Alessandra Mastronardi, or actresses Monica Bellucci and Clémence Poesy, the brand’s iconic models Cindy Crawford and Inès de la Fressange also witnessed this call to soft lightness. This Spring/Summer 2018 collection demonstrates the power of Chanel when it comes to ceaselessly renewing their line, without ever being repetitive.