Chanel's Ark

 

When Waterworld the film happens, get thee to the Chanel ark. Who wouldn't want to be stuck on board a wooden vessel filled with couture creations that traverse a world full of garden party elegance and evening wear extravagance when all else is going downhill? It would be kind of fun, right? 

 

 

What am I talking about? Amid a pristine lawn this morning sat a huge wooden hut that for the finale opened up to reveal compartments resplendent with the collection and, of course, Monsieur Lagerfeld himself. Finales and sets are always a talking point at a Chanel show (and we salute the models for being so able to walk out across a stepping-stone formation of a runway).

 

 

Collection-wise and we explored a move towards a longer and midi length, sportswear-sculpted silhouettes and inflated sleeve proportions for signature natty tweed ensembles. It was elegant as it should be for daywear, with the biggest styling note being the sporran-like hip belt-bags — just when you thought a proper handbag was the benchmark of being ladylike, all grown up, think again. It's all about hands-free! 

 

 

Just like two seasons ago when one style of shoe was used throughout the brasserie-inspired ready-to-wear show, that same idea was employed again here — wedges with a sculpted heel — but whether they'll have quite the same impact as the monochrome sling back remains to be seen. 

 

 

But impact is exactly what a Chanel show has one way or the other, whether you have a wardrobe for it or not. And surely we all dream for one when it comes to the evening wear — gowns that wandered with sparkle with bows of the Edwardian through to the Thirties. Capes, pussy bows, lace and butterfly wings of shine, mosaic work too, were all put to work here. 

Here's hoping that ark has two of everything — to save on couture dry cleaning bills, naturally. 

 

 

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