#PFW: Chanel FW18 Runway & Bags Report
8 March 2018

#PFW: Chanel FW18 Runway & Bags Report

Lately, Karl Lagerfeld seems to be inspired by nature. After the waterfall show set for SS15, he turned the Grand Palais into a forest for this season’s Fall/Winter 18 show space. The Chanel forest was made complete by the autumn leaves-covered floor in a carpet-like manner, without even a centimetre of bare floor left visible.

Chanel FW18 Showspace

Chanel FW18

Chanel FW18

Chanel FW18

Chanel FW18

Chanel FW18

Chanel FW18

Chanel FW18

As with every Chanel collection, tweed formed a big part of the FW18 collection. But the more interesting bits of the collection were the black outerwear with feathered embellishments that made me envision the models as black vultures swooping all over the runway. Lurex, too, played a big part in this collection, and those pants and culottes, man I want them. The highlight of the collection, however, and possibly the one that resonated the most with the entire forest-y showspace, was definitely the leaf motifs which came in the form of prints, or brocade-like jacquard. To tie everything in with the “foggy” forest enclosure, Karl opted for a moody colour palette of blacks, moss greens, earthy tones, and flashes of colour that gave off a distinct autumn feel, especially for those leafy printed looks. What I wasn’t such a fan of, however, were those puffer jackets and coats…

Chanel FW18 Flap Bags

Chanel FW18 Gabrielle

Chanel FW18 bags

Chanel FW18 bags

Chanel FW18 log and camellia bag

When it came to the FW18 bags, we caught a glimpse of a miniature Gabrielle, but the bag that seemed to dominate the runway was a flat bag with a cutout handle, that came in several sizes and various forms: quilted, bi-colour, and even with tweed panels or in the season’s leaf motif. The Deauville makes a comeback, and the iconic flap bag, too, came in tweed with horizontal quilting which mirrored the puffer jackets and coats, as well in gold and covered with the crystals arranged in such a way that it resembled tree bark. My favourites, however, were the novelty pieces – the log and the crystal-encrusted camellias – and this time, I love them all equally!

Images via Vogue Runway