Previous seasons we have seen the Grand Palais transform into a Chanel Supermarket, a Brasserie Gabrielle, a casino, Chanel Airlines and even an artic scene with a chunk of a drifting iceberg tucked into the iconic showspace. However, for the Fall 2016 collection, Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel back to basics.
Attending Chanel's Fall-2016 show was truly a dream coming true, and good for me this was the season where Karl Lagerfeld decided to give everyone a front row seat. No less than 93 models weaved their way through the 600-metres catwalk that emerged from close to 3000 neatly placed gilded ballroom chairs. The floor was covered in a white carpet and huge mirrors only added to the feeling of being inside the couture salon where Mademoiselle Chanel used to show her collections in the 1950s (I'm sure you've all seen the pictures). It was a great reminder of Chanel's heritage, and I absolutely loved the setup that brought the attention to the clothing and nothing but the clothing.
Think pink, denim, piles of pearls (lots of them), frills, frayed edges, tweed suiting and a whole lot of black, white and grey. The Fall 2016-collection was a great mix of classic Chanel with a streetwear attitude fronted by Kendall Jenner in a padded pink hoody and Gigi Hadid in a quilted draw-string jacket. Riding boots, boater hats, and khaki-coloured outerwear – the equestrian references were not to miss out on, and I took it as another nod to Mademoiselle Chanel and the heritage of the iconic fashion house.
A two-finger peace sign adorning a belt bucket, Choupette (that's Lagerfeld's cat) and oversized camellia prints, Karl Lagerfeld may went back to basics but he did it with the 21st century in mind in a way that only he can do it.