It's no secret that Karl Lagerfeld has a thing for hugely over-the-top decors (last season's data centre was no joke), but for this Chanel FW17 collection he quite literally took it to the next level. When you already control the earth and want to think big, what do you do? That's right, you take it to space.
As soon as our invitation arrived at the hotel, we knew it was going to be ... different. So after enjoying a yummy breakfast at the beautiful Plaza Athénée (their French toast is too good to describe!) I assembled my OOTD to get ready for one of the most anticipated shows of this PFW. I went with a classic/chic outfit of a black turtleneck dress from Zara, an oversized blue leather-&-faux-fur jacket from Jamie Wei Huang, black patent leather Louis Vuitton sock booties, and the newest Chanel Gabrielle IT bag. I love my hair loose and in a middle part when I wear a turtleneck, so I went with that. And off we went!
I don't know what it is about Chanel, but I always feel butterflies on my way to the show. And sure enough, we were greeted by nothing less than a life-size space shuttle, smack bang in the middle of the iconic Grand Palais. And for those who thought it would stop there: that's just not Karl's style. First, there was a countdown, then the shuttle slowly took off into the glass-filled sky of the Palais, filling up the venue with smoke and as much excitement from the crowd as you can imagine. It was big, it was elegant, and it was a beautifully refreshing way to put ourselves and this planet of ours into perspective. O and the clothes! We know that Chanel has more iconic pieces than just about any other House out there, but I'm always baffled by the inventive ways their little black dress, chain bag, knitwear, two-tone shoes, pearls, camellia flower, and tweed jacket are reinvented. We saw lots of futuristic pieces in a grey/white/black dominated colour palette: pearl-embellished headbands and big hair, fringed UFO-shaped bags, hoodies with a playful astronaut print, and an iridescent green trench coat. The most eye-catching pieces for me were the metallic 'space blanket'-capes (such a cool spin on a classic puffer jacket!) and of course the sparkly two-tone boots.
After the show was finished, it lingered in my head for hours in a row, not just because of the spectacle, but also (mostly?) because of what Chanel did to this crowd of seen-it-all fashion people. :) Just when you think you've done it all, here's Chanel to take you out of your comfort zone and propel you into space - no questions asked. And not a soul who was complaining about that.