A Homage to Paris Wins the Prize

Lagerfeld's latest collection in Paris has not only won over the crowds but also Anne Hidalgo, the city's mayor, who attended the show to adorn the man who honours the fashion capital yearly in homage to its founder's origins.

 Anne Hidalgo (left) presents Karl Lagerfeld (right) with the highest honour the city can bestow at the end of Chanel's latest couture show on Tuesday.

Anne Hidalgo (left) presents Karl Lagerfeld (right) with the highest honour the city can bestow at the end of Chanel's latest couture show on Tuesday.

Hidalgo was gushing, praising "vous etes Paris!" [you are Paris!] as she presented France's favourite German import with the Medaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville, standing underneath a simulation of the Eiffel Tower in the Grand Palais at the end of Chanel's couture show on Tuesday morning. The award is the highest honour that the city can bestow upon an individual, coincidentally illustrated by the sky high structure behind them with its peak in the clouds, the latest spectacular illusion from the fashion showman (who can forget the rocket at the Fall/17 ready-to-wear collection?)

The latest collection seemed to revisit the past with the straightforward ethos of Chanel clearly found in cardigan jackets, midcalf skirts and long menswear-inspired coats; silhouettes that transformed womenswear in the 20th Century. This feeling was finalised by the Chanel boater hats worn by the models, giving the show a compelling french flair of femininity. 

Although initially portraying sleek appeal, regimental design was what Chanel defied with her style. Blooms of feathers, wrapping sleeves, trimmed hips and hems offset this in true Lagerfeld style, blurring structures with detail. Making a grand entrance, the closing look was that of a couture bride, with flowing veil worn by Camille Hurel. As she closed the show, a sense of longevity and renaissance fell across Paris, as the connection between the fashion capital and Chanel continues it's harmonious journey. 

 

Chanel in Paris

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