The Chanel haute couture show in Paris was beautiful lyric poerty to soft draping in sugar coated pastels and whites with, quite simply, lots of silver; no gold for old Karlie this time around. “It’s the first time in my whole career I’ve done a collection without black or navy. There’s not one gold button” he said of the collection. There were the classic Chanel suits reworked in the new colour scheme and into shorts, draped gowns that bordered on the sculptual and some crunchy bling. Lagerfeld refuted the idea that it was futuristic; “I don’t believe in avant-garde clothes for a future that will never happen. Fashion is always now.”
Well, whatev’s – it was certainly slightly otherwordly and fantastical, and that bubble coat definitely reminds one of the then avant-garde rags in the 1960s. Perhaps Lagerfeld for his designs more has in mind an idealised new élite that lives out a streamlined chic and utter luxury that nevertheless references the past? Think the future inhabitants of the new luxury hotel in Dubai it’s been rumoured Victoria Beckham has been offered £25 million to design with the Chanel superstar by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. That’s right, as if she wasn’t pooing money already. But never mind that, as well as reworking the grand dame CoCo’s legendary suits, he sent his darling Baptiste down the runway in this super-silver suit complete with wee silver glovlies that perhaps references something the late king of rock ‘n’ roll might wear on a shy day. Muse and master become one in metallic goodness.