Beneath the Eiffel TowerChanel AW18 Haute Couture
“It’s a vision of a revived Parisian woman, it is all about cut, shapes, silhouettes. Here the line is very delineated and graphic, it’s very modern”– Karl Lagerfeld.
Conceived by Gustave Eiffel for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest edifice ever built by man and symbolised the industrial era into which the world was heading.
Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to Paris in a décor that’s like a beautiful autumn day. Beneath the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais, a 38-meter high reproduction of the Eiffel Tower imposes its majesty.
All around, chairs from Parisian parks invite leisurely strolling and the rediscovery of Paris. His parisiennes step out in hats, wearing booties or thigh boots buttoned up to infinity.
The tweed jacket comes as a long tunic, feathers treated like fur, the silhouette is graphic, volumes are straight. Embroidery sparkles like the Eiffel Tower on a winter’s night.
At the end of the second runway show, Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris medal by Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris.
This medal, that represents the highest distinction in the City of Paris, rewards his creativity and his impact on the influence of Parisian fashion around the world.