Chanel’s SS 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection Decoded
With street style taking over the Internet, Karl Lagerfeld created a similar scenario by miraculously erecting a Parisian-styled boulevard under the glass dome of The Grand Palais. No kidding. Called ‘Boulevard Chanel’, you had to take a second glance to figure that the décor was a set-up and not an actual street.
Models paraded in twos and threes, chatting away like they would on any casual Sunday afternoon. The brand’s Spring Summer (2015) ready-to-wear collection defined street style and exemplified all that Gabrielle Chanel stood for – free-spirited fashion. Tweed pantsuits accessorised by vibrant silk neckties were a perfect blend of masculine-meets-feminine. Comfortable clothing inspired by menswear made an appearance in the form of double-breasted blazers and boxy jackets. Feminine undertones showed with vibrant colours and flamboyant prints on blouses, neckties and scarves.
Long tweed coats, military-inspired jumpsuits, sailor stripe knits, lace and embroidered dresses, all talk about the forthcoming summer in the light of experimentation and freedom of style. The final leg of the show displayed the wardrobe in signature shades of Chanel – black, white and an elegant touch of gold.
But what really went viral is the now-infamous finale with Lagerfeld and the models staging a mock demonstration. It was a protest, complete with Cara Delevingne and Gisele screaming on quilted megaphones, and banners that read ‘Ladies first’, ‘Make fashion not war’ and ‘Tweed is better than tweet’. Word.
In the front row (click on any of the images to view gallery):