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What You Need To Know About Chanel’s Couture Show

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

July 4 is normally a day reserved for American celebrations of independence. But in Paris, it’s Couture Week, as much a part of France’s national identity as the official public holiday in the States. With that in mind, Brigitte Macron, the new First Lady, has been out and about attending shows. Meanwhile at Chanel, the French behemoth seized the opportunity to do some myth-making, transforming the Grand Palais into the archetypal Parisian park scene – complete with the skyline’s most famous tower. Here’s eight things to note from Chanel’s Fall 2017 Couture show.

The Eiffel Tower Has a New Home

Karl transplanted the Eiffel Tower, a monolith of the Parisian landscape, to the Grand Palais in typically bombastic fashion and rebranded it #ChanelTower. Guests were seated on a gravel runway, perched on chic iterations of the folding dark green metal chairs that litter the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

The Chanel Tower at the Grand Palais for the Chanel Fall 2017 Couture show. Indigital

The Show Invitation Had Cubist Leanings

Karl Lagerfeld chose the 1926 oil painting of La Tour Eiffel by Robert Delaunay for the show invitation, deeming it “a symbol of avant-garde modernity”. Chanel’s website drew attention to Roland Barthes’ observation in “The Eiffel Tower And Other Mythologies”, that Maupassant often lunched in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, even though he didn’t think much of the food, because it was the only place in Paris where he didn’t have to see it. “Whatever the season, through mist and cloud, on overcast days or in sunshine, in rain – wherever you are, whatever the landscape of roofs, domes, or branches separating you from it, the Tower is there,” Barthes wrote.

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

French Model Camille Hurel Was First Out

The strong-browed Parisienne teenager slunk out in the number one slot on the catwalk. Having debuted on the Givenchy runway a couple of seasons ago, Hurel is now a firm favorite with French fashion houses and has already walked for Dior this Couture week. She closed the show in the bow-bedecked Bridal gown.

The finale look from Chanel Fall 2017 Haute Couture. Indigital

Every Model wore a Flat Hat and Large Pearl Earrings

Classic black gave way to chain-trimmed tweed, patent leather and jazzy sequin-embroidered styles, all worn with golf-ball-size pearl earrings.

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Patent Boots Offset Traditional Tweeds

Shelve the suede: models wore knee-high and ankle-length patent boots in black, cream and beige, adding an edge to the fripperies of razor-sliced tulle, feathers and tweed. Patent always looks slicker.

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

The Return of The Twist

Classic twists ruled the runways, teased into delicate patisserie-style swirls by Sam McKnight and held in place with gallons of hairspray.

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Karl Was Honored

The famed creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, was presented with a Grand Vermeil medal by the Mayor of Paris for his contribution to the fashion industry.

Karl Lagerfeld Grand Vermeil medal

At the end of the Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2017 show, Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil Medal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo

Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry and Julianne Moore Sat Front Row

Kristen Stewart killed off the competition in a sequined catsuit – a big couture trend at the Spring 2018 shows this week. Always one step ahead of the game…

Chanel Fall 2017 Couture. Indigital

Kirsten Stewart attends the Chanel Fall 2017 Couture show. Indigital

First published on by Ellie Pithers

See the full Chanel Fall 2017 Couture collection here

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