‘Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.’ Whilst Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestley may have not found the idea of floral for spring particularly impressive, Karl Lagerfeld just went all floral on Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015. The set of his runway was a garden decked with origami flowers (300 to be precise) that took a total of six months to make. The sin of floral in spring has definitely been forgiven and brought back to life thanks to Lagerfeld’s genius.
Once you’ve gotten over the set, the clothes are simply too ravishing to describe. The show began with a garden boy watering the blank, colourless garden piece in the centre. With the arrival of girls wearing the classic Chanel shit in an array of different primary colours, red, blue and yellow, topped with a scarecrow hat webbed with a mesh of black tulle, the centrepiece came to life. It literally bloomed on stage. This is the type of woman that Lagerfeld represented in this catwalk. The power of growth and colour and the ability to bloom is the spring/summer Chanel woman.
In true Lagerfeld form, cuts and length were juxtaposed in this collection. The skirts were longer and the blazers were shorter, complimenting the popular cropped look that has been present in the past two Chanel exhibitions, (this could possibly explain the crop tops insistent presence on our high street shops). Long thin belts made an appearance since their death in the early millennium as they were accessorised over tweed skirts and dresses. Hems and shoulders were decked in hand crafted petals, which stunned next to the white runway. Whilst Kendall Jenner’s sheer cropped top caused a stir, it was the bride at the end of the show who stole the spotlight. The previous Chanel Haute Couture show was braced with a pregnant bride, this season we had a bride with four male gardener bridesmaids in tow carrying bouquets of tropical flowers.
Modernity has been an underlining theme for most of Lagerfeld’s shows in the past couple of years. We’ve seen trainers on the catwalk in submission to the rise of street style and now we were braced with cropped jackets bearing midriffs and beanies encrusted with diamonds and flowers. For a fashion house that is known for its regal elegance, Lagerfeld is taking the house of Chanel to a level whereby the richest daughters and granddaughters will want to covet.
Coco Chanel once said, “A perfume shouldn’t smell like flowers. A woman should not smell like another substance in nature. She should smell like herself, but better.”…Not only does the Chanel woman smell like a flower, this season the Chanel woman is a flower.