Chanel: Haute Couture SS16
Eco couture! What could be more “eco” than Chanel couture? Buy it once, wear it forever. The most ecologically sound clothing on the planet, we reckon. But we’re quite biased. We also love Chanel haute couture and think Karl Lagerfeld is one of the biggest and best designers in fashion today. The show today was staged in a Norwegian-inspired garden with a slatted wooden house centre stage. Did it represent la maison Chanel? Maybe. It opened up and the models strutted out, in Karl’s latest exquisite reconfiguration of the Chanel bouclé classic, now with lantern sleeves and skinny skinny spindle-line skirts atop platform shoes. That narrow line was a slender canvas for embroideries in wood and cork – eco, see – culminating in a fluffy cotton wedding dress embellished with wood shavings. No kidding. All about the power of the hand here. And all about the transformative prowess of Chanel’s artful ateliers.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans