The Most Iconic Moments From Chanel's Awe-Inspiring Catwalk History

The Most Iconic Moments From Chanel's Awe-Inspiring Catwalk History

As Fashion Month draws to a close, all eyes were firmly fixed on Chanel's SS16 catwalk extravaganza today. And if its heritage is anything to go by, it was always going to be quite the show...

It's the one show which — season in, season out — reigns over Fashion Month and has become the hottest (and hardest to get your perfectly manicured hands on) tickets on the five-week long schedule. Of course, we're talking about the institution that is Chanel and the wait is finally over to see what it has in store for us next season. 

Combining a unique and very Chanel concoction of gorgeously crafted clothes, set designs that would give even the most-seasoned of events coordinator's heart palpitations, a stellar model cast and with the Kaiser of the fashion industry Karl Lagerfeld at the helm, this is one show that never fails to impress. 

Drawing in the starriest FROW every February and September, even the A-list can't wait to see what the brand will do next which, as its heritage proves, could well and truly be anything.

In honour of today's show, we've taken a strut down the memory catwalk and revisited some of the most iconic shows and moments in Chanel's long, long history — and boy were they something! SS16 sure has a lot to live up to, but we reckon Chanel will pull it out the bag as per... 

Can I Book A Table For Four At Brasserie Gabrielle? — AW15
Coming out of Fashion Month hiding to open this morning's show was Cara Delevingne who gaggled with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Edie Campbell as they sipped tea and flirted with the waiters at Chanel's very own supersized French cafe, Brasserie Gabrielle.

Just TRY booking a table there; see what happens...

 

A Very Fashionable Protest — SS15
With Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Gisele Bundchen all brandishing megaphones, Chanel joined the campaign for women's rights and made the headlines for all the right reasons in October 2014. And would you look at that 'He For She' placard? Emma Watson would be so proud...

How The A-List Do Supermarket Sweep — AW14
There were [sadly] no oversized bananas, inflatable turkeys or Dale Winton's to be seen on Chanel's supermarket shelves but what it did have was Rihanna larking around and pushing Cara Delevingne about in a trolley. So, it was almost as good as the TV show...

And Karl definitely didn't do his grocery shop by halves. Rows of real-life food and product lined the shelves at his pop-up superstore, all emblazoned with those little (but very iconic) double C's. If only our weekly shop looked like this, huh?

Florence Is The Girl In The Pearl — SS12
As far as gig's go, they don't get much better than set inside a giant oyster shell with Florence Welch as the beautiful singing 'pearl'...

Oh, and the clothes were just as beaut, awash with pastel shades, shimmering textures and finished with one of the most coveted pieces of the SS12 season — the pearl-topped hair pin (which, we're admittedly, still pinning over). 

Yeti Chic Officially Becomes A Thing — AW10
Chilling with her faux-fur onesie homies, Chanel's girl for autumn/winter 2010 was all about the fuzz. Everything from toast coats to knee-high boots were given the hairy treatment as the models make an icy walk on a glacial glass floor while icebergs jarred into the venue's ceiling. Sub-zero never looked so cool... 

Lily Allen's Chanel Hoedown — SS10
Giving every Honky Tonk a run for its money was Chanel's SS10, which called upon songstress Lily Allen to provide the vocals to its country-eqsue hoedown. From ornate rose embroidery to an Americana colour palette, this collection gave Wild West fashion a good name...

Models swooned over hunks on hay bales while girls of three danced and sang along to the banjo blues. Then, suddenly, structured gingham summer dresses found themselves straight at the top of our wish lists...

Stella Takes Logo Mania To The Next [Risque] Level — 1995
The '90s was all about the brand and unashamedly showing it off was key; whether it was a designer bag or t-shirt, if it had a logo, it was in. Chanel, however, kicked the trend up a gear with its 1995 collection featuring heavily, once again, those signature intertwined C's.

Model Stella Tennant was given the honour of rocking this now iconic 'bikini' that covered her modestly without a millimetre to spare...

Amber Le Bon Makes Her Catwalk Debut At Two — 1991
For most girls, walking in a Chanel catwalk show would be a dream come true. This dream, however, became a reality for Amber Le Bon at the tender age of two (yes, REALLY) when she joined her boucle-clad mum Yasmin on the runway. Clearly she got a taste for the walk as she appeared in the label's show once again the following year. 

In short, by the age of three Amber had a C.V. that's more impressive than the one we currently have ourselves. Not. Fair. 

All Hail Karl Lagerfeld! — 1983-Present
Since being named as Chanel's Chief Designer in 1983, Karl hasn't just been at the centre of the fashion whirlwind since — he's the eye of the tornado. Without him, the industry would be a very different place and — most likely — a slightly more boring one at that. 

Karl, we salute you!

 
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