We’ve never fallen out of love with Cindy Crawford (obvs) but since her cameo in Milan for Versace, we’re feeling all sorts of love for the Crawford-Gerbers. As daughter Kaia debuts the runway in New York for Calvin Klein at just 16, there was simply no stopping her as she opened the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week giving us a sneak peek into the future of the runway.
Consisting of a white patent skirt, her first look was styled up with a bandeau laden with woven trimmings and matching oversized jacket reminiscent of Chanel’s signature suit jacket, Coco’s house tweeds are never far from Karl Lagerfeld’s collections. To follow was a whirlwind of spring-like freshness, a light breeze of fresh air as the collection began to fill the stunning glass-roofed Grand Palais, the setting built upon thoughts of Gorges du Verdon in the south of France. Complete with a flowing backdrop, Karl says ‘waterfalls are the healthiest thing in the world’ and so quite the perfect runway to breathe in all this restorative innocence that can be seen throughout the collection. The healing power of nature is as strong as this collection’s meaning will go, and make of it what you will, for Karl was quick to make his mark ‘I am not a philosopher […] You watch, you see what you want.’
A stunning setting at the Grand Palais, for the runway was framed by shades of rich green foliage and a sparkling turquoise river as the drops of fashion tip-toed upon it. The classic Chanel silhouette can be seen throughout, but boxy and youthful. The woven pattern shift dresses and girl suits create a twist on classic Chanel, shielded by the expertly tailored transparent rain coats, hats and thigh-high boots in preparation for spring in Paris. The fringed knitwear worked against the new-age of military camo, an almost tie-dyed blue with all over embroidered logos. Whilst belted trench coats and large shoppers kept things trés chic, timeless and ultra Parisian.
Look after look emerged white, clean and crisp, whilst the greys and deep green looks were boyish and inviting. While the audience mistakenly made references to the sixties, Karl exclaimed, suggesting that actually everything created here is of the future...
“You are too young to remember the Sixties. They were never like this! The fabrics then were terrible. There’s not a fabric here which you can buy elsewhere. They’re all made by Chanel, in-house.”
The fabrics after all are impeccably crafted, and that we cannot argue with.
Hair was styled effortlessly by none other than (our fave!) Sam McKnight, quick, simple and sleek 'perspex ponytails’ layered light beneath the plastic hats and hooded macs. Whilst subtle wet looks framed the face in light of spring’s April showers. And that’s it! Teamed with beauty by Tom Pecheux, Chanel’s ready-to-wear collection saw out the last day of Paris Fashion Week perfectly.
Video embedded courtesy of CHANEL YouTube [SS18 Ready-to-Wear CHANEL].