Chanel got us in the mood for a holiday this morning with its SS19 presentation. It seems Karl Lagerfeld didn’t want to say goodbye to his summer holiday as he imagined a sunny beach landscape stretching out under azure-coloured skies. And this was the backdrop for the show, held at the Grand Palais, complete with sea, a skyline backdrop and even lifeguards (who were wearing custom-made Chanel, of course). As the sun beamed through the roof it really did feel like a holiday destination with a sand-covered floor recreating a summer holiday beach scene.
The collection highlighted how even the most elegant of ladies has her casual side. Wearing exactly what we would imagine a Chanel muse to wear on her vacation. All of the models were barefoot, letting their toes run through the sand. Those who did have shoes were holding them in their hands as they walked through the waves.
It was all of course, very Chanel, but with a relaxed playfulness to it. Cotton dresses were loose on the body, tweed was embroidered with bright threads, and swing jackets and dresses moved with the body. Trousers were cropped mid-calf and tight on the legs – perfect for dipping your feet in the sea. Or alternatively tweed trousers were created with slits to the thigh and cut wide legged – almost like culottes. Cardigans and jackets were loose on the body or worn on the shoulders and jackets were cropped giving them a younger feel. There was even a certain aspect of logomania with the words Chanel emblazoned on jackets and sweaters and accessories – evoking the feeling that we can’t help but think that this collection is aiming towards a slightly younger woman. The colour palette was held together by monochrome staples, with nude tones, pinks, yellows and blues in between.
Accessories were fun and playful. Jewellery was bright and statement, long gold chains layered over dresses and bold statement necklaces spelt out the word CHANEL. thick colourful cuffs were worn on the lower arm. Shoes feature Perspex heels and were love in height. Straw hats, either wide brimmed of cap style were worn by almost all of the models, many of the looks featured not one, but two Chanel bags – all inspiring us for our next summer holiday!