Haute couture – the idea that clothing should be made from a high quality material and custom-fit the wearer. For example, shooting out identical T-shirts out of a gun at a sporting event might just be the farthest thing from haute couture. Chanel ran a wonderful fashion show as part of the couture events in Paris. Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld landed on the Grand Palais as the perfect site for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture Collection.
He designed the runway as a French garden, which complemented the attire. The runway circles around an elaborate fountain upon a rounded rectangle of flawless emerald grass. Most importantly, the garden has checkered and tunnel-like characteristics, which make for a beautiful setting.
Some of the pieces in particular highlight the custom-fit aspects of haute couture exceptionally well. The ribbons and crosses demonstrate how the clothing has to fit perfectly. Of course, this becomes a painstaking process, but experts will argue that top-drawer fashion demands this kind of work.
Does anyone do tweed better than Chanel? Probably not. Coco Chanel loved the soft and sophisticated qualities that embody tweed. Note how both the longer and shorter tweed pieces manage to be pulled off.
Special emphasis was placed upon making the shoulders larger when designing the collection. This could easily spark a debate about how femininity should be modeled. Personally, I love the powerful look that comes with the voluminous shoulders.
The bell shape was also fairly prevalent in the collection. There’s nothing over-the-top about this style, and it often creates an elegant look.
It’s also important to notice some of the more dominating features in this collection. For example, the shin-length boots and the bouquet veils are recurring themes. The flowers in particular match wondrously with the garden in the background.
In fact, you might draw some conclusions about Chanel’s message. That is, maybe fashion should be fresh, beautiful, and natural like a garden. As Coco Chanel once said, “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” The fashion company’s efforts to honor its founder should be applauded.
By Kishan Patel