Chanel Resort Collection 2017/2018

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection

What would Chanel be without a theme? From supermarkets to spaceships, the French house owns allegory when it comes to the catwalk. Karl Lagerfeld has made Hollywood-style backdrops and show narratives his ‘thing’.  When he finds a theme he sure does run with it. Ten years ago, the octogenarian couldn’t have foreseen the bankability of cruise collections, now big business for luxury brands and arguably just as lucrative as ready-to-wear. So where once Lagerfeld only had to dream up elaborate ready-to-wear and couture shows, he and his team now have to magic up new adventures and sets for resort collections too. It’s a lot of work but seemingly nothing is too much effort for the great Kaiser, who this time transported us back to Ancient Greece.

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection

Chanel Resort Collection 2017/2018

The set looked like throwback to Mankiewicz‘s Cleopatra – if it wasn’t for the electro music you’d have half expected a bejewelled Elizabeth Taylor to be scheming behind a rock.  Models came through in two tribes: the goddesses and the slaves. The former wore long, richly embroidered Grecian dresses: some all black, others white and decorated with spiralling leaf patterns. The latter tribe were the tweed wearers – lots of white high luxe suiting inspired by Ancient Greek chitons or tunics, with frayed hems and rope tie belts. Silhouettes were notably figure shaping, recalling the marble statues of this ancient civilization which was, after all, the first exponent of ‘body beautiful’ aesthetics. Hair was cleverly tied back in ribbons and gold wreath-like hairbands thanks to Sam McKnight. Draping and tiny pleats took their lead from ancient techniques: the deceptively simple way that silk fabric undulated around necklines was genius in itself. The biggest show stopper – or rather the biggest Insta hit –  were the Gladiator-inspired shoes: a rainbow selection of high heeled sandals with laces snaking up the leg and knotted just under the knee. Look closely at the heel and you’ll see it’s actually a mini Greek column. There really couldn’t be a more kitsch and cheerful fashion artefact for generations to come. Unless of course you can get your hands on a space blanket from Chanel AW17/18 ready-to-wear.

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Chanel Resort 2018 Collection

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection