Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to re-create a stretch of the Seine right within Paris itself. When I first caught glimpses of the Chanel Couture show, shot against green benches and open-air bookstalls and charming street corners, I thought the show had been taken to the streets of Paris itself. But it wouldn’t be a Chanel show without an impressive runway set, and for this one, Lagerfeld decided to create a Parisian promenade and some of the city’s famous landmarks to bring the sights and sounds of Paris within the walls of the Grand Palais. The show was an obvious homage to the city of Paris itself.
And the clothes! The clothes were excellent. It was a parade of matching tweed skirts and jackets with XXL slits up the sides, dresses with high necks and puffy balloon sleeves that put an emphasis on the shoulders, and interesting split silhouettes with longer layers layered over mini hemlines. The palette, a mix of muted colors like black and gray and a finale look dreamed up in a shade of mint green.
The most consistent statement on the runway, though, were the shoes. Throughout the show, there was just one shoe style. Lagerfeld has stuck to just one shoe style in his shows before—and whenever he does, they always take off as a trend. Most notably in F/W 15 when he ushered in toe-capped slingbacks, which have since become one of the most-loved shoes among the fashion set.
This time around, the show was styled with fold-over ankle booties that were paired with every single look. While the silhouette stayed the same, the styles varied from straightforward black leather versions to extravagant styles with all-over sequins to a classic Chanel iteration covered with tweed and pearls—a looming trend we’ll be expecting to see this fall.