King Karl* built himself a life-sized minimalist dollhouse complete with pond, garden and faux sky within the interior of Paris’ Grand Palais to stage the Chanel Printemps-Été (Spring-Summer) 2016 haute couture show. Models, including Kendall Jenner and sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, walked the collection in the same location previously transformed into an airport and supermarket for Chanel, the set this time possessed with a Japanese-inspired natural-world aesthetic.
“It’s a kind of relaxed zen attitude in a modern spirit of today” – Karl Lagerfeld
The collection silhouette echoed the clean lines of the monumental structure with long pencil skirts and gently puffed sleeves a key feature, and a simple palette predominantly in beige. But the fabric choices and detailing were anything but minimalist with layers of sparkling chiffon, delicate beading (straw and wood shavings included) and decadent embroidery all referencing a timely eco consciousness. It was Boho Luxe supreme.
The accessories theme was bejewelled bees, connecting again to nature, and wedge heels made from cork paired beautifully with simple pouch bags obviously designed with a tech-savvy generation in mind. Meanwhile, hairstylist Sam McKnight turned to Picasso as inspiration for the ‘Chanel croissant’ while the face was all about that bold eyeliner.
* Designer Karl Lagerfeld has been the creative head of Chanel since 1983.
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