Tweed and Le Tour Eiffel at Chanel’s couture show – photo essay

The Fall-Winter 2017 - 2018 Haute Couture show, presented at the Grand Palais in Paris


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Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t do things by halves. For this season’s spectacular couture show, it was the turn of the Eiffel Tower to get the Chanel treatment, as models walked under the arched legs of a reconstruction in Paris’s Grand Palais.

Models in circular-bottomed, black gowns on the Chanel couture autumn/winter 2017/2018 catwalk.
Models in circular-bottomed, black gowns on the Chanel couture autumn/winter 2017/2018 catwalk. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Returning to the wide, exaggerated silhouette he championed in his last haute couture collection, the effect was bold and modern, while maintaining Chanel’s classic love of tweed.

Tweed hats, giant earrings and rainbow ombré eye shadow.
Tweed hats, giant earrings and rainbow ombré eye shadow. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images
Dominican model Lineisy Montero.
Dominican model Lineisy Montero on the Chanel Couture catwalk. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA
Plumed shoulders and a long-layered shift dress at Chanel.
Plumed shoulders and a long-layered shift dress at Chanel. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
The models wore tweed with circular embellishments.
The models wore tweed with circular embellishments. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images
  • Makeup was 80s meets birds of paradise.
Voluminous tweed coats formed part of the new Chanel silhouette.
Voluminous tweed coats formed part of the new Chanel silhouette. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Buttoned up

You are never that far from a two-piece suit at a Chanel show, and Monsieur Lagerfeld riffed on the iconic tweed suit, adding boaters to match.

Oversized jackets with patent ankle boots on the Chanel couture catwalk.
Oversized jackets with patent ankle boots on the Chanel couture catwalk.
Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
A long-line tweed coat with matching boater hat.
A long-line tweed coat with matching boater hat. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Jacket sleeves were curved and exaggerated, hemlines low.

Cream and white, Chanel’s take on the classic bridal gown.
Cream and white, Chanel’s take on the classic bridal gown. Photograph: WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Bridal

Bridal typically closes the Chanel couture show.

A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld.
A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
Models presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld.

This season’s take was a simple white dress that flared just above the waist, embellished with ruffles and finished with a simple net train.

Oversized circular feathered pockets on a suit.
Oversized circular feathered pockets on a suit. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Details

Feathers decorated pockets, hemlines, collars and sleeve cuffs.

Feather-embellished sleeves at Chanel.
Feather-embellished sleeves at Chanel. Photograph: Maitre/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
Circular shoulder and collar detail on boucle dress.
Circular shoulder and collar detail on boucle dress. Photograph: Maitre/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
Ankle boots covered with tweed with a perspex-block heel.
Ankle boots covered with tweed with a perspex-block heel. Photograph: Maitre/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
Black patent perspex-block-heel ankle boots.
Black patent perspex-block-heel ankle boots. Photograph: Maitre/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
  • Victoriana-style black patent boots were everywhere – the old-fashioned shape contrasting with a contemporary perspex-block heel.
Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh.
Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh. Photograph: Jacopo Raule/GC Images

Star power

It was a starry affair. Pharrell, who arrived with wife, Helen Lasichanh, went for multicoloured tie-dye complete with a statement to get the cogs whirring: “We are all powered by the sun.”

Kristen Stewart arriving at the Chanel show.
Kristen Stewart arriving at the Chanel show. Photograph: Jacopo Raule/GC Images
Katy Perry arriving at the Chanel show.
Katy Perry arriving at the Chanel show. Photograph: Jacopo Raule/GC Images
  • Return to the forbidden planet … Kristen Stewart (left), in a spaceman grey-silver jumpsuit, and Katy Perry, wearing an astronaut print, both attended.
Cara Delevingne, in Chanel, showcasing her new buzzcut.
Cara Delevingne, in Chanel, showcasing her new buzzcut. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Peroxide blonde buzzcuts – with frosted tips in Stewart’s case – were out in full force. Here is model Cara Delevingne sporting hers.

Julianne Moore in Chanel.
Julianne Moore in Chanel. Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images
Model, author, and designer Ines De La Fressange.
Model, author, and designer Ines De La Fressange. Photograph: Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock
  • Julianne Moore and Ines De La Fressange arriving for the show.
Karl Lagerfeld received a standing ovation on the catwalk Chanel show.
Karl Lagerfeld received a standing ovation on the catwalk Chanel show. Photograph: WWD/REX/Shutterstock
  • Karl Lagerfeld received a standing ovation after the show. He has today been awarded Paris’ highest honour, the Grand Vermeil medal.

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