The catwalk circled a monolithic revolving globe at the Chanel show in Paris this morning. It was covered in illuminated flags stamped with the iconic interlocking double C logo to show the audience the sheer scale of this business's international empire. World domination was the message and that rang out loud and clear. Chanel is a privately owned company and it therefore has the luxury of keeping any figures under wraps. It is widely believed to be the most financially powerful fashion house of them all, however.
Of course, the brains behind such reach is Karl Lagerfeld, the great designer/couturier who has maintained creative control of the brand for more than three decades. It is Lagerfeld's task to keep the legendary Chanel signatures fresh and he does just that, remastering them each and every season.
This time around the monochrome palette famously beloved by Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel herself loomed large. The boucle wool jacket came in those shades. It was especially sweet cut in a youthful trapeze line and paired with a skater skirt and more grande bourgeoise belted and with patch pockets. The little black dress looked equally cute with crisp frills at neckline, hemline and sleeve.
Layering is key to the Chanel look for the forthcoming autumn: skinny trousers or leg warmers were worn under skirts, arm warmers and shirts under jackets.
The camellia (Chanel's favourite flower) was all present and correct of course. It densely covered the surfaces of everything from coats to suits and dresses. Think the softest, prettiest armour. The look was finished with fluffy cloche hats in candy colours from rose to cobalt and fierce black or white studded leather boots embellished with silver metal chains.