FASHION’S crystal ball— also known as the Chanel show— is the most simple way to predict the style hits of next season.
No expense was spared at the Paris show with Chanel King, Karl Lagerfeld, erecting hoardings of a typical Paris street, and sending models in groups of three or four, encouraging them to chat as they strutted down the runway in a relaxed “street style” setting.
And while the finale, which featured a mock protest (complete with Cara Delevingne and Gisele Bündchen yelling through quilted Chanel megaphones), was a hot topic on social media, it’s the mixed bag of trends that Lagerfeld sent down the runway that will keep fashionistas happy.
The full gamut of glamorous designs featured everything from khaki safari suits to psychedelic sixties inspired shift dresses and nautical blue and white stripe ensembles.
If you want to be on trend next season, these are the looks to hunt the high street for, unless you want to spend the same amount as a car on the real deal at Chanel.
Knee-high boots, psychedelic coloured capes, tweed miniskirts, over-size collars and rose tinted glasses saw Chanel pay homage to the swinging sixties. Bright oranges, hot pinks and pretty purples are the got-to colour palette to achieve this look.
Kaleidoscope of colour
Bold prints featuring lime green, magenta, sky blue, canary yellow, indigo and peach sat alongside the 60s inspired hues and created a vibrant vision on the catwalk. For the more daring fashionistas, wear print on print and don’t be afraid to clash prints and textures.
Powdery pastels in blue, pink and mint green was the more subtle injection of colour. Wearing the colour head to toe, like a pale Crayola crayon, was the look of the night.
Black and white, the classic signature hues of Chanel, was once again present, but not in just simple stripes or hounds tooth tweed. Look for dramatic interpretations of the stylish shades with geometric panelling, asymmetrical stripes and block-on-block colour.
Khaki and bone might normally be deployed on the runway for military inspired collections, but Karl also took us on a time warp to the 70s, taking the once daggy safari suit out of fashion purgatory. Not a look many of us could pull off and definitely not one to accessorise with binoculars hanging around your neck.
Almost as reliable to summer as florals are to spring, we already expected this high seas look to hit the high street. But this season, the nautical look is all about the details: gold buttons, pockets, swing jackets, striped shorts, rollnecks and crisp collars.