From the spectacular setting to the starry front row (and not to mention the covetable clothes), the Chanel show is one of the highlights of the fashion month calendar. And the luxury fashion house’s creative director, German designer Karl Lagerfeld, pulled out all the stops to make his haute couture show Paris fashion week’s most talked-about spectacle.
The silver-haired head honcho transformed Tuesday’s show venue – The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées – into a Chanel-esque doll’s house complete with a giant house-like podium for his world-famous models to grace.Karl’s guests, including Cara Delevingne and her pet dog Leo, Anna Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Diane Kruger, were led up a garden path to a perfectly manicured lawn and timber runway.
Kendall Jenner – who has long been a firm favourite of Karl’s – led a starry group of models down the runway during Karl Lagerfeld’s hugely-anticipated show. The clothes horse, who is one of the world’s most in-demand models of the moment – looked ethereal in a plunging black gown with tweed embellishment as she proved her worth on the runway.
She offset her look with corked black wedges – a footwear style long championed by the Duchess of Cambridge – and wore her hair pulled into two low chignons. Her doll-inspired beauty look was completed with bold eye make-up consisting of three feline flicks and a fashionably pallid complexion.She was followed by her best pal Gigi Hadid and her little sister, Bella, who both looked resplendent in Karl’s luxury garments.
Always an innovator, Karl promised to do his bit for the environment by pledging to recycle the entire wooden structure after today’s eco-friendly show.Gigi, 20, who is dating Zayn Malik, looked like an eco warrier wearing a muted palette of ivory and gold. The young star wore a strapless dress over culottes – perhaps a nod to a trend Karl is spearheading – and completed her look with a cape in the same hue.
Her wedges were identical to Kendall’s – but in silver rather than black – and her dress came complete with a small pouch, no doubt designed to house the social media savvy star’s phone.Likewise, Bella’s ensemble – an intricately beaded white gown with cutaway shoulders – came with an embellished pouch attached to a gold belt. Of course, tweed featured heavily and was updated this season in the form of a voluminous boucle jacket complete with a boater neckline. Dresses, which were fluid and conservative in length, came embellished with the most high-end metals, flowers, beads and pearls.
These garments are targetted at the fashion house’s richest clientelle and will be made in limited numbers and sold for thousands of pounds in the warmer months.Other models to make an appearance on Karl’s world famous catwalk included industry stalwart, Edie Campbell, and Lindsey Wixon – famed for her doll-like features and gap tooth.Kendall and co’s hair was pulled into what hairstylist Sam McKnight, who worked backstage, is hailing a ‘Chanel croissant’, and the stroked eyeliner flicks were designed to frame the models’ faces.
Each season, Karl Lagerfeld hand-picks a ‘bride’ to close his couture show; someone he deems to be the star of his runway.Last year was Kendall’s first solo bridal appearance in a show; in December 2014, she walked the runway as a joint bride with Cara Delevingne in the Chanel head honcho’s show in Salzberg. Cara Delevingne has also made a solo appearance as a bride twice before. Today, however, Karl picked Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz as his leading lady and she appeared through the doors of the dolls house with the main man at the end of the show. She was accompanied by her very modern and handsome groom: French model Baptiste Giabiconi.
Mica looked ethereal in a blush, textured floral column dress, which came with a bridal train that swept the wooden floor and was offset with a glamorous hoodie.Karl’s long-time best friend and favourite model, Cara Delevingne, who has served as his ‘bride’ in previous shows and starred in countless campaigns, swapped a spot on the runway for a place on the front row.The model, who has spoken candidly of focussing on her acting career, looked chic in a gold and silver sequin embellished sheer ensemble.