Chanel Couture

Paris: Karl Lagerfeld continued his exploration of otherworldy influences for the Chanel Haute Couture collection. Conjuring a spaceship traveling through space, the designer employed over one hundred shades of blue and sheer, cellophane-like materials for an atmospheric feel. Silhouettes combined casual with couture, as dropped waistlines with hidden slash pockets referenced “boys whose jeans are slipping off,” and fabrics had the appearance of sparkly denim. Modernity was felt in the dramatic standing portrait necklines and  long, lean column shapes for modern skirt suits and matched sets, while the presence of shoulder cutouts, mini lengths and beaded patch pockets had an undeniable 90s vibe. Channeling a more romantic feel, the best-in-show was a lovely blossom-covered coat in a range of inky blues. —Anna Jane Davis


Silhouette: Extreme dropwaists / Slim columns

Color: Blue in every shade  / Black / White

Key Items: Dropwaist minidress / Portrait neckline jacket / Long, lean skirt suit / Encrusted cocktail dress

Materials: Signature tweed / Chiffon / Encrusted fabrics / Cellophane-like material

Details + Trim:  Shoulder cutouts / Portrait neckline / Bell + puff sleeves / Paillettes + beading

Accessories + Footwear: Triple ankle strap pumps / Shoulder duster earrings / Feathered fascinators

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