On the Runway

Chanel Takes The Runway At Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Landov

Chanel Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Landov

Chanel Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Landov

Chanel Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Landov

From left, Lagerfeld’s current muse Batiste, the Kaiser himself, and former muse Ines de la Fressange; Photo by Landov

Every season, the invitation to the Chanel show is one of the most coveted. Karl Lagerfeld never just puts on a fashion show, his team produces a spectacle – a full-on theatrical performance. Today, he filled the Grand Palais with a mini Versailles Gardens complete with fountains and a string orchestra. More than 90 models walked the curvy white gravel path that took a good 5 minutes to complete. Stella Tennant kicked off the show, and others  included former Chanel muse, Ines de la Fressange and two year old Hudson (model Brad’s son). As in many other shows, models this season showed a diversity of ages rather than sizes.

The show was classic Chanel – in a word? Spectacular! There were shredded tweed jackets and jeans, shimmering metallic jackets paired with matching shorts, gorgeous Asian-inspired bold hued floral dresses, feather trimmed hemmed dresses and a finale of black gowns. As usual, Chanel accessories were front and centre – metallic quilted bags, bold black cuffs, chain earrings and block heel wedge shoes and boots. Beauty was dramatic: slicked back ponytails secured with jewelled barrettes and a pencil line drawn down the centre part. Eyes were dark and smoky balanced by natural pink lips. A show to treasure and one that continues Chanel’s definitive signature but added fresh pops of colour (candy bright yellow, pink & blue) and whimsy. I loved it.