Thursday, January 26, 2017

The beauty of Chanel Spring 2017 Couture Collection

If I had to describe in one word, the art of the Chanel Spring Couture 2017 show it would have to be breath-taking. This show has by far been my favourite show that has commenced over the last week and without a doubt has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next piece of art that they will certainly produce for the next runway.

Karl Lagerfeld summed up the essence of the show in a short piece stating, “I want something impeccable, clean. I wanted the girls to look like walking fashion drawings.” The magic of this show didn’t just appear with the models, it was present on the runway from the very beginning with the silver mirrored deco that resided in the centre of the runway which complimented what the girls were wearing beautifully. I must say that this show while having flawless tailoring also showed breathes of romanticism amongst the looks and really solidified the message that Karl Lagerfeld was trying to convey through these looks.

 All the models were simply styled with silver pumps and a high-waisted belt paired along with natural makeup and hair sleeked back into a simple bun which really let the garments be the shining star of the show. To open the show, the first few looks were new versions on the Chanel classic. The classic tweed two-piece jacket and skirt had been elevated with the addition of a belt and uniquely a top hat which is not something I have seen on the runway this season. It was the mention of the understated top hat which really caught my attention from the very beginning and really was an ingenious addition to the collection. This revival of quintessential pieces from the past is a quality that Chanel has nailed season after season and this was no exception. Following this I started to see more notes of enhancement with the colour transition to more white and blush coloured looks. In some looks I could only but compare the delicacy and intricacy to a flower. These looks were absolutely stunning and were truly extraordinary with the accents of silver dotted through the collection.

As the show progressed there was a shift in the looks to more formal and full length dresses that often were completed with layered ruffles and feathers which added a moment of lightness to the heaviness of the chrome coloured dresses. This balance that Karl Lagerfeld achieves so effortlessly always astounds me and is truly walking art. I must say that my favourite moment of this show was the entrance of the teacup shaped dresses. These were flawlessly made pieces and for me referenced the top hat at the beginning of the show.

Towards the end of the show feathers were incorporated heavily into a number of looks and I think this was the perfect end to an 80’s influenced runway. To finish, I can only describe the closing piece as an absolute masterpiece. Lily Rose Depp glided along the mirrored floor adorned in a pretty pink ruffled dress that reminded me of a peony, and was the perfect note to end the show with.

After watching and enjoying this Chanel filled runway all I could think about was how I couldn’t wait to write a blog post on this and relive the artistry of this collection.
 Chanel has dominated the runway once again and for me has stolen the show and for that fact my attention as well.
 I would love to know in the comments down below what your favourite piece from the collection was and who do you think is dominating Couture Fashion Week.

                                                                                                    Mary J xo

*these photos are screenshots from the YouTube video from the Chanel channel 

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