At the Chanel Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture show the quay of the Seine was replicated and played host to the creations from Karl Lagerfeld.
Chanel has been investing heavily in recreating larger-than-life scenes as stages for their fashion shows, and the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture show, did not disappoint. The show saw the quay of the Seine in Paris being imitated at the Grand Palais. Also present was elements from streets and buildings such as the Institute of France that are present alongside the Seine. The show therefore was a full-blown tribute to the long-standing association that Chanel has with the city of Paris. This Parisian element was evident in the designs which harkened back to the period just after World War II.
Karl Lagerfeld, the designer of the collection, drew on the resilience that Paris exhibited after the war to survive the bleakness that followed, and the clothes featured were figure hugging. Notably, the offerings in the collection were devoid of unnecessary elements and fabrics that would cause them to expand out from the body. The collection was also restricted in color and relied heavily on black, silver and various shades of gray and hints of the mauve seen in the sky at sunrise. The final piece of the show was created from light green fabric which was fashioned into a wedding dress. The pieces featured in the collection also showcased the fine embroidery that Chanel is famous for.
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