by Francesca Fortini LA REVE PR & ADV
Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard imagine a metamorphosis and transform the Grand Palais in Paris into a peaceful mountain village for the Chanel Fall Winter 2019-20 Ready-to-Wear Show.
The first, on the catwalk, is Cara Delevingne wearing a coat and a wool tailleur, perfect for a beautiful winter’s day. The silhouettes are warm and enveloping, the garments are characterized by evident masculine/feminine accents, the main element of the Chanel style.
The elegant mountain dwellers wear looks with houndstooth, tartan, check motifs, top stitched and quilted; tweed displays its masculinity on suits with wide-cut trousers matched with great overcoats fastened with a high collar or a shawl collar and mini cape, enhanced with a faux fur lapel, embellished with martingales, the coats are different every time.
The tweed jackets are trimmed with a thick wool braid, woven or left almost raw. Others reveal a flared collar and a trompe-l’oeil bolero. The big soft knit pullovers alternate with sweaters embroidered with crystals and cardigans with mountain motifs. Ski outfits are mixed with urban wear: a down jacket is sported with wide-cut trousers in big check tweed, while a ski-suit comes in tri-colour tweed.Braided or adorned with a patch pocket, little tweed jackets are combined with a pencil skirt. Knitted scarves in embroidered chiffon worn against bare skin, big blouses with jabots, necklaces and white pearl earrings…there’s a great softness in the Chanel Fall Winter 2019-20 Ready-to-Wear Collection. The desire for sophisticated comfort emanates from the silhouettes.
A very feminine delicacy escapes from these maxi enveloping volumes. Romanticism abounds with the great capes in wool, the dresses and the skirts in lace, the white tuxedos in duchess satin.
The “snow-ball” skirts and dresses in chiffon and feathers with the bust embroidered with snowflakes in white and gold vinyl, distil the modernity, youth and dash of humour that characterize the Chanel woman.The palette is mainly composed of black and white, as Coco Chanel said: “Black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” There are also the beige, navy blue colors and the bright tones like purple, fuchsia, brick and emerald green.
Eternal and constantly renewed, identifiable and yet different every time, the allure of Chanel illuminates winter with its daring and dazzling freshness.