If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a chic surprise. The Grand Palais was transformed into an autumnal forest for Chanel FW18 show with bare trees, fallen leaves and wooden benches that lead from a mirrored frame that marked the start of the runway.
The set might appear to be the least adventurous of the past showcases, after all there were no waterfalls or rockets taking off, but that’s where the genius of Karl Lagerfeld lies. Instead of the woodland decor taking some of the limelight away from the clothing, the magical forest enhanced the pieces.
The outerwear were the stars from cropped fur bombers and black coats – some with leather panels, others with black feathers – to quilted jackets with tweed stitching running in between the cushions. Earthy colour palette was lifted metallic accents seen in the loose fit tops and trousers in bronze and gold hues as well as statement accessories including a chunky choker spelling CHANEL. Among the grey, moss green, red and brown tones there were pops of orange and pink, the kind of colours you’d expect to see on an October afternoon as the golden sunlight catches the autumnal leaves.
He used a moody floral print on blazers, elongated coats and midi skirts while the lace black evening dresses were elevated with bright gloves in pink, blue and red. As for accessories, next season expect the furry shoppers, quilted two-tone tote bags, over-the-knee gold boots and micro sunglasses making it onto your wish list.