Long tunics printed with crowns of golden leaves. Draped silhouettes in tweed and jersey, silk and linen, lace and crepe. And a relaxed vibe of one holiday that you could only have on a Greek Cyclades islands. I am talking, of course, about the Chanel 2017/18 Cruise Collection presented in the Galerie Courbe upstairs in the Grand Palais. “The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still hold true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns”, said Karl Lagerfeld, who rewrote the codes of Antiquity in his latest collection for French brand Chanel (www.chanel.com).
The winner takes it all…
… therefore, I saw raw fringe mingled with precious embroidery, column-heeled gladiators elevated the traditional Greek sandal, and Olympic laurels became head ornaments while bracelets and golden cuffs adorn the neck and arms.
… amphorae were transformed into small or large pleated leather backpacks. And minaudières and clutches were crafted in meticulously draped leather or bronzed exotic skins.
… greek sleeves were draped, the waist were fine belted, and the details on the buttons include owls, the mythological symbol of wisdom.
… the oak leaves with hidden camellias or laurel branches arched into elegant double-Cs.
… Antiquity meets modern fashion mythology in draped jersey tops, long skirts, and wide, fluid sun-pleated trousers and jumpsuits in black, white and beige or terracotta and gold.
Photography: (C) Chanel, www.chanel.com / Olivier Saillant for Chanel