The glacial white Chanel rocket charging up into the roof of The Grand Palais in France said it all. If the global super brand that is Chanel, has already conquered the world, now they were going intergalactic, en route to the cosmos. This was THE big fashion moment the rained-on fash-pack were waiting for.
A deafening countdown, smoke raging from the sides of the rocket, models posing around the take off, David Bowies’s ’Ground Control to Major Tom’ as the booming soundtrack, and Karl looking more miniature than ever, striding around the edge of the rocket. You half expected that it really was going to take off and crash through the glass roof of the palais, taking Chanel into outer space.
If we’re going to talk clothes – which to be honest, were incredibly hard to concentrate on, with such a spectacle unfolding – there was serious sparkle to be had. Think spacey, gleaming quilted cloaks (tricky is an understatement). Most of the models had been bouffed by hair supremo Sam Mcknight and were sporting oversized embellished headbands with a 21st century Barberella mood about them.
There were definitely some winning pieces for every type of Chanel girl. The silver leather and shearling coat was pretty cool. The perfect Chanel tweed suit with silver thread running throughout, was clever and chic, but it was the glittering knee-length silver boots with the signature black Chanel toe, which have ‘instagram–me’ written all over them.
With Cara Delevingne, Skepta and Lily-Rose Depp on the FROW, AW17 was a supersonic Chanel show.
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