Karl Lagerfeld closed out Fashion Week with another grand spectacle for Chanel. Chanel’s SS18 collection centered around the idea of falling water, both literally and figuratively. The models walked the runway in fluid chiffon and fringed tweeds; the movement of the fabrics echoing the movement of the waterfall behind them. Yes, Lagerfeld commissioned an actual waterfall be made for the Grand Palais runway!
The runway set featured a nearly life-sized replica of the Gorges du Verdon, a scenic locale in the French Riviera. This lush backdrop set the tone for the entire show. Sparkling crystal accessories mimicked the waterfall spray. Rippling fabrics dyed in turquoise and cobalt referenced Mediterranean waters. The show was like a temporary escape to a luxe vacation. These are a few of our favorite pieces and motifs from the collection.
Ready for a Rainy Day
Lagerfeld didn’t send his models down the runway unprepared for the spray of the waterfall. Models wore clear plastic rain gear ranging from transparent boaters to thigh high rain boots. While Chanel was not the only fashion house to incorporate clear plastic into their Spring/Summer collections, Chanel committed more than any other brand. Even though they may serve as form over function, we love the stylish cheekiness of Chanel’s clear finger-less gloves.
Tweed Mini Skirts
No Chanel show would be complete without gorgeous tweeds, all made in-house. The tweeds in Chanel’s SS18 collection included numerous pieces featuring fringed tweed to add movement and flow to the fabrics.
Echoing the water theme of the show, the collection featured several pieces in gorgeous cobalt blue. These sea-hued garments are sure to be commercial successes, as blue is always a favorite color for retailers and customers. We can imagine ourselves wearing the dyed chiffon dresses on a holiday to a remote Greek isle!
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