If there’s one show I excitedly await all fashion month, it’s the Chanel show. And for a good reason – they are more than just runway shows, they’re full stage productions. Case in point: the Grand Palais transformed into a makeshift restaurant complete with waiters, tables, and plenty of eggs, croissants, and coffee for the Chanel Fall/Winter 2015-2016 show. The only thing missing from the Brasserie Gabrielle were everyone’s favorite Instagram pastry, pastel macarons. But unlike Fall 2014’s supermarché show that celebrated normcore, and Spring 2015’s feminist protest inspired by blogger street style, this show wasn’t big on trends. Instead, Lagerfeld returned to the classical French style Chanel is known for – bougie yet effortless. From the capped toe slingback pumps originally designed by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, to tweed suits and minimalist accessories. Even the color palette hovered mostly between black and white, although one of my favorite ensembles is a pink sweater dress modeled by Lindsey Wixson (see below). It’s clear Lagerfeld focused his attention to clothes this season, and while it’s nice to see classic Chanel back on the runway, I do miss the crazier accessories from the past two season (Chanel shopping basket, anyone?). Luckily, there were still some cutesy features to complement the restaurant theme including a menu clutch and a utensil print that put a twist on Chanel’s signature quilted bag.
What do you think of the show?
[Photos courtesy of Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com; Giovanni Giannoni; Stephane Feugere]