Lost in the cyber space of Chanel
Every season I wonder what Karl Lagerfeld is going to do next. I guess isn’t just me, but hundreds and hundreds of fashionistas and stars crowding in Grand Palais, the usual spot for the Chanel presentation during Paris Fashion Week. The invite (with a double C in form of some USB cables) suggested something about Chanel spring/summer 2017. (CLICK on the gallery above, for more pictures)
After an airport terminal (SS16), an art gallery (SS14) a brasserie (AW15), a casino (haute couture AW15) and a supermarket (AW14), this season, the space was transformed into a Data Centre with lots of wires and flashing lights, as well as little trolleys containing bundles of cables. In an ultra-technological world where daily life is increasingly dematerialised, Karl Lagerfeld puts humans back at the centre of everything by making “Intimate technology” the theme of his collection.
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“Without the human hand, without delicacy and savoir-faire, nothing would be possible. After all don’t two robots wearing two CHANEL suits thus prove, perhaps, that more than any technological breakthrough, it is femininity that truly transcends time?” – is the message that the French house tried to get heard.
This season more than ever, with grace and tenderness, femininity takes control in a collection that allies the audacity of lingerie and the comfort of tweed.
- First, we saw babydoll and negligee in silk and lace. And over that the models nonchalantly sport a tweed jacket with rounded shoulders, long sleeves and wide lapels, and a pair of culottes zipped at the front and back. And a robot-clutch.
- Then, the tech accents come: touch fasteners replace buttons, braiding becomes a thick jersey cable; woven multi-coloured tweeds include rubber strands and vinyl strips; cotton, denim and wool threads line up like countless electronic cables; collars and cuffs are swathed in embossed translucent gauze.
- The details that counts: sleek clutch bags in perforated silver leather, flat shoes with cross over straps, and the big pendant necklaces that resemble ID badges, held on with a snap hook.
- The colours: explosions of colour are everywhere over backgrounds of blue, red, yellow, pink, purple, black and navy, a mix of pastels and electric shades.
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Photography: (c) Stephane Gallois, Olivier Saillant / CHANEL