If yesterday’s Dior haute couture show was a garden party, Chanel‘s today was a trip through an enchanted forest. Except, of course, these were hardly the kind of clothes you’d want to wear to trudge through the mud.
Karl Lagerfeld told The Independent that he came up with the idea of transporting an entire forest — 90 oak trees and over 300 bushes, to be exact — into Paris’ Grand Palais in his sleep:
“It’s a vision I had but I tell you something… I don’t know why I did it, I saw it in my dream, made a sketch, and worked it out. It worked. Lots of things in my brain suddenly created something in my sleep. The idea of some German, romantic neo-classical thing, a Greek theatre in a romantic forest.”
Models emerged from the wooded area into a sandy clearing, where they showed off the wares in front of a crowd of editors and A-listers seated on stadium-style risers. Guests included Karl’s usual coterie of chic fans, like Clémence Poésy, Inès de la Fressange, and Diane Kruger, who was clad in a look from the Kaiser’s spring collection, as well as young up-and-comers like Canadian musician Grimes and fashiondarlingHailee Steinfeld.
As for the clothing itself, Karl framed and highlighted models’ shoulders with lace, tulle, and the occasional plume of feathers. There was a gloominess to the collection, emphasized by the black smudged eye makeup and bedraggled-looking headpieces, and the palette rarely deviated from black, white, and gray.
But while Lagerfeld may have been in a somewhat sombre mood, he ended the show with a wink: two models emerged holding hands and wearing bridal attire, a high fashion way for the designer to add his voice to France’s heated debates over gay marriage.
See photos from the runway show and its stylish attendees, as well as a Reuters video of the spectacle below: