Ever since Chanel’s infamous airlines show in Spring 2016, my love for the French designer brand has grown season by season. So when Karl Lagerfeld took his iconic ideas to the stage once again for the Autumn/Winter Paris 2017 show, I experienced every feeling from astonishment to pure awe. The show was nothing less than space inspired as Lagerfeld looked to the beauty of technology; transforming the Grand Palais in to a white ‘Data Centre’. The pristine space was filled with colourful wires, featuring astronaut models, high fashion in every single way. Showcased upon the white grounds were planet shaped minaudiéres, astronaut prints, the most incredible knee high toe capped white boots and stunning futuristic crystal headpieces all in the form of ‘60s shift dresses and divine fabrics.
Chanel’s double C-branded spacecraft was the centrepiece of the show, which sat within a silver runway and stadium seating. Lining the front of the space station was the epitome of a techno-astro-centre; hard drives and systems that made the atmosphere seem both eery yet intriguing. The runway brought a range of styles with it, such as baseball caps, fingerless leather gloves tied up with vibrant bands and oversized jackets to create youthfulness and energy; along with more delicate, pristine styles, such as pearl accessories, a cropped white jumper resembling a cream ribbon and a bomber with exaggerated frothy white ruffles.
Whether the vibrant lego-styled prints and striped colours represented loading data or the fluffy ruffle trend acted as moving sound waves, I felt that the show wasn’t only presented and emerged through its immaculate design and technology, but through the essence of its collection. And to me, the best possible way for a fashion designer to create not only a theme, but both feeling and emotion is to produce this through its design. Once again an applause for Chanel, who seems to win every time when it comes to the catwalk.