On Tuesday, Daddy Karl Lagerfeld traded in the Eiffel Tower, supermarket, and extravagant airport terminal for a more intimate garden party inside the Grand Palais. While there was no rocketship blast-off, the fanciful French garden was complete with a bubbling fountain (which I dared not go near for fear of falling into that chilly liquid) and approximately 10K English roses.
Models bloomed from behind trellises in opulent gowns mirroring the botanic setting, iconic jackets with exaggerated “faceted shoulders”, tweed shorts, split and tulip-shaped skirts, short floral lace dresses overlaid with embellished organza, and bodices that blossomed with floral crystals. Roses crept from decor to dresses with flowers adorning transparent ankle boots with lucite heels, headbands, empire waists, and bouquet-topped veils.
A range of silhouettes — short, long, straight, full-skirted, cutaway — mixed with new A-shaped jackets and dresses in a palette of pink, jade, bright blue, and black. Daddy’s mix of essential favorites and new constructions made the Chanel Spring ’18 Haute Couture show “haute, haute couture.”
Take a moment to stop and smell the English roses…but don’t let Daddy’s freshly-grown facial hair distract you.
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