Today morning Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into the best Parisian café – the Brasserie Gabrielle, which served as the perfect runway venue for the Chanel fall/winter 2015-2016 collection fashion show. The peculiar French café atmosphere present made the show simply unforgettable, with the bow-tied waiters preparing coffee and cleaning the glasses behind the wood-panelled counter and the models making an appearance dressed in chic Chanel pieces, taking their seats around the white tablecloth banquettes and browsing the CC menu while chatting and laughing with their stylish model friends. It was a hoot to be certain and we see some classics, such as the low-heeled black and cream sling back shoes appearing on the feet of every single female model to walk down that aisle. The ladies all looked quite French and we can clearly see the Chanel brand radiating through each ensemble.
There is no way one can mistake any of the pieces available in the Chanel fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, as they hold so many staples of the fashion house from the days of Coco Chanel, the lady behind the fashion brand founded in the early 1900s, 1909 to be exact. While the little black dress that initially made Chanel so famous is not particularly present in this 96-piece incredible collection, we do find ourselves enjoying the flared A-line black chiffon covered midi dresses that fall from pretty collars or have multiple layering, adding to the simple beauty of the look. They all fall to the knees, as do many of the pieces presented this season on the Paris Fashion Week.
The midi hemmed looks are everywhere on the runway, but we are also given some eye candy in the form of longer skirts as well as flared denim, tight fitting shiny pants, cigarette coupe leggings and wide legged trousers, alongside the maxi hem tweed skirts and the wraparound coatdresses. The hems lend a rather demure look to the whole of the collection, speaking of sophistication and maturity while also celebrating the silhouettes that define femininity. Of course, we do have a few oversized pieces such as the feathery fringed wide lapel peacoat dress with a cowl neck sweater underneath for added warmth. We also see a whole lot of tweed, a common sight for Chanel as it is famous for its tweed skirt suits, a lot of embroidery and lace, along with tartan skirts and fluffy pieces such as the white feathery skirt suit with the high collar that appears to be popped, the skirt that falls just on top of the knees and the classic Chanel shoes.
The hair and beauty looks are also just as interesting throughout the Chanel fall 2015 rtw show, as we see side parts and messy updos, satin headbands and darkly lined bold eyes, the lips given a slight staining on a few, though left bare on others. Cara Delevingne walked out first for the opening of the show, her hair slicked and mattes, combed to the side from a deep side part and her thick brows furrowed. We saw that look a few more times throughout, while the ladies with the satin sashes in their hair had a slightly less severe look in their eyes, a gentler tone to them. There were even a few ladies with fringed bangs falling over their foreheads, while the cat-eye look was a strong presence throughout, seen in varying strokes on every single female model pushed onto the catwalk.
There is everything to love about this show as Chanel once more proves itself worthy and one of the best French fashion houses to be found today. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel would have been exceedingly proud.
Photos courtesy of Vogue It