BY Deborah Ferguson
The Grand Palais Paris was transformed into a live Botanical Garden, along with flowers that bloomed as each model floated by in a Spring 2015 CHANEL Couture creation. Karl Lagerfeld is never short of creating larger than life environments in which he presents his RTW and Haute Couture collections, do the looks match the presentation? For SS15 Couture I would conclude that 50% of the collection had the 'not seen before ' touches that can inspire one outside the idea of 'yet another gorgeous gown'.
The 1900 Belle Epoque inspired hats did offer a feminine vintage styling touch which contrasted the over decorated knit hats that have been re purposed by many over the last few seasons,( Jil Sander). The signature black trim and tweed that is CHANEL's DNA was presented classically as well as cropped with longer, full skirts. The ninja inspired black tight flat boots were a new idea at CHANEL, leaving the $1400 CHANEL trainers for the SS14 trend devotees. The silk flower embellishment worked on a few silhouettes and on some was slightly leaning towards theatrical costume. Trend note: cropped tops and jackets paired with a longer skirt are a strong SS15 trend and perhaps overlapping into the upcoming FW15 collections?