February is all about fashion and fashion weeks, so we’re starting off the month with some exquisite inspiration from Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection that was shown in Paris last week at the Grand Palais. Baroque Access has all the details
Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection reminded us of the beauty of spring, with décor composed of a bouquet of flowers surrounded by a trellis tunnel swathed in climbing roses, jasmine and ivy, with a fountain at its center.
Models were all crowned with fabulous floral hairpieces and tulle veils, wearing Chanel’s signature booties with a decidedly spring feel, in pretty candy-colored tweed, leather or embroidered tulle with transparent heels.
For spring, Chanel epitomizes femininity with layers and layers of silk tulle, chiffon and organza, pleated or enriched with botanical embroidery. The palette is full of gentle tones – tender pinks, coral, frosted lemon, mint, grey and pale taupe. More intense colors are also evident, including black, sparkling silver, ink, fuchsia, chlorophyll green and electric blue.
Chanel’s iconic tweed suit for spring is either pale pink or white. The straight or slightly trapeze cut jacket is defined with a relaxed collar, a newly revised kimono sleeve, a rounded shoulder and a faintly cambered back. This is what Karl Lagerfeld calls “the new attitude”, brimming with strength and character. He has also reinvented the iconic suit as a trompe-l’oeil dress or coat-dress, a long tunic or A-line jacket, worn with skirts or French culottes.
Attending this grand event at the Grand Palais on 23 January were numerous luminaries, including film director Sofia Coppola, French actresses Isabelle Huppert, Marion Cotillard and Julia Roy as well as writer Leila Slimani and British singer and actress Rita Ora. Models included newest face of the moment, Kaia Gerber, as beautiful as her famous model mother, Cindy Crawford; this was the 16-year-old’s very first couture show. Super models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were notably absent.
Chanel’s spring renaissance was extremely well received, as can be expected. For some inspiration of what we’ll be wearing come the warmer months, take a look at these exquisite photographs…