Lagerfeld proves less is more with pared-back show and looks for Chanel

Designer takes classic shapes and motifs and gives them a modern touch - think tweed suits and light, pretty dresses in delicious shades of pink, Coco Chanel boater hats and bowed blouses

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 4:48pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 4:49pm

Karl Lagerfeld’s ready-to-wear shows for Chanel in Paris are usually wildly imaginative. Previously he’s transformed the interior of the Grand Palais into a brasserie, airport, art gallery and supermarket. This week it was quite lovely to see a pared-back space with elegant white archways and long rows of gold chairs around the catwalks.

“Front row only,” the invitations declared, and indeed everyone was in the first row despite the scale of the event, the effect recalling the couture salons of yesteryear. As for the clothes, Chanel went back to its core, with tweed skirts, suits and light, pretty dresses – all accessorised with overlapping layers of pearls. Signature camellia flowers appeared as modern prints, a classic Coco Chanel boater hat was the headwear du jour, and the popular tiered lace dresses and bowed blouses made plenty of appearances, pleasing traditional Chanel fans.

The collection was on the safe side, but it also allowed Lagerfeld to distil the house codes and show them off in a chic, modern way; we especially loved the outfits in ruby, pale rose and raspberry. An angelic white dress was embroidered with the CC logo and a black, one-shoulder dress with feathered skirt were standouts among the evening wear. As Chanel shows, pared-back can sometimes be a good thing in the overhyped and gimmicky world of fashion.