Karl Lagerfeld might just have outdone himself. With a dream sequence of more than 60 pieces, the German fashion designer showcased his astounding Chanel Couture fall/winter 2016-17 collection dubbed #ChanelAteliers a few hours ago. His conceptual turn on fashion perfectly infused the models with a surrealistic vibe from head to toe, indeed.
Fairytale-like and glamorously grotesque, Chanel’s Ateliers Couture collection is anything but boring, with pieces drawing inspiration both from the fashion house’s signature pieces and from more modern versions of what all of the characters from Alice in Wonderland would actually wear.
Not for nothing, the hairstyles and makeup effects the designer chose to complete the models’ looks with clearly remind us of Tim Burton’s Queen of Hearts, where tight up hair, heavy makeup on the eyelids and heart-shaped lips in darker colors are one of the most acclaimed looks actress Helena Bonham Carter has ever embodied.
What’s more even interesting, however, is that the Chanel Couture fall 2016 collection blissfully translates whimsical staples into something many of us (me included) would actually wear on a daily basis, without depriving the same exact pieces of the required couture-esque allure. The line-up does, however, include more conventionally exaggerated staples as well, with theatrical lines and quirky embellishments that look out-of-this-world indeed.
As an intense continuum of increasing sensational and emotional moments, Lagerfeld opted to start out his Chanel Couture fall 2016 show with the softer and gentler tailored pieces, (purposely?) letting us believe the collection was a sort of wearable one. The first part of the line-up is thus filled with covetable short coats, bon-ton culottes, uber-chic and feminine suits and modern layered dresses that could easily go from day to night.
As soon as the first 3D appliqués and structured shoulders make their appearance though, we instantly know things are about to hit big and that Lagerfeld was just getting us ready for the most extravagant pieces.
Pops of matte red and delicate sheer stripes slowly introduce us to the collection’s second part, wherein structured ensembles and slightly mannish proposals dominate the scene with their refined geometry and conceptual kind of fashion.
All of the floral appliqués and clean-cut garments pave the way for some vertical and imposing fur embellishments, which inevitably elongate the figures adding an appealing surprise factor we didn’t expect, for sure.
As soon as the line-up reveals its quirkiest side, Lagerfeld promptly lightens the collection’s color palette, opting for pastel shades and softer hues as a way of enhancing the structures even more. Puffed shoulders get interrupted with sharp-cut motifs and heavily opulent adornments, embroidered either on the jackets or on the frocks. As for the latter, Lagerfeld effortlessly alternates mermaid long dresses with oversized, reversed ones, dynamically infusing the line-up with a more playful attitude.
And such a cheerful allure appears clearer as soon as we approach the finale garments in black and white patterns and with theatrical lines that rode high on the heart of fashion, indeed.
Photos courtesy of Vogue