#FrontRowOnly Experience at Chanel Fall 2016 RTW Show

Chanel Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Paris Fashion Week

One of the most awaited collections has been finally unveiled at Paris Fashion Week, and everybody was tremendously excited about it, especially those who were attending it. Karl Lagerfeld knows how to make each Chanel show unforgettable, always reinventing the French Maison’s legacy in unique, yet always sophisticated and celebratory ways. For his Chanel fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection he focused on colors, retro figures and geometric patterns, releasing a grand total of 93 looks that will satisfy basically any taste. In the perfect Chanel tradition, there’s something to suit everyone’s personal style, from cheerful daywear proposals to evening dresses that will make anyone wearing them look like a Greek Goddess.

Chanel Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Paris Fashion Week

As usual, many A-list celebrities and personalities attended the show, among them particularly standing out Will Smith’s daughter Willow thanks to her quirky look and edgy personality. Determined, regarding the collection she declared: “You can just tell all the clothes are just crafted with so much care, and you can tell that there’s so much soul put into how they are designed. That’s really the goal that I try to strive for, for everything that I do. It’s like, putting in so much thought and feeling inside of the art that you make, so that everyone can feel it around you.’ Then, when asked about the possibility of becoming Chanel’s next brand ambassador, she answered: “I think if they want me, I will do the best I possibly can and I will freakin’ shine my light in every direction.’

Besides the speculations and the front row audience, the Chanel fall 2016 collection is worth noticing especially for one single, yet quite significant detail ” the overall Twenties roaring vibes. From the well-tailored necklines to the bowler hats, from the jackets to the mid-calf skirts, everything seemed to be infused with the decade that let Coco Chanel rose to prominence in the fashion industry. Not for nothing, the show opened with a bright pink tweed suit.

The collection epitomizes the same modernity and rebellious spirit the Twenties embraced, leaving it entirely up to the women to choose what and what not to wear. Puffy and retro butterfly sleeves got modernized with ethereal see-through fabrics, loose gowns got balanced with asymmetrical off-shoulder shirts, and squared sharp-cut necklines got embellished with cascades of bright shiny pearls. Almost each of the 93 looks perfectly combines modernity with the label’s glorious past, greatly experimenting with colors and prints as well.

Starting off with eye-catching vivid colors, the Chanel fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection then quickly changes to dusty and earth colors and prints, only to revive the label’s famous black and white proposals at the finale of the show. While the first section of the collection is pure joy for those who love cheerful daywear looks, the second part exuded what could be described as urban-chic meets haute couture kind of vibes, with most of the pieces varying from fancy wool jackets to cozy and wearable windbreakers.

The collection’s finale is instead more Audrey Hepburn-approved, as it is filled with Sabrina necklines and layered long dresses. Lastly, flat knee-length boots were complementing basically every look, while decorative minaudi‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√Üres, along with the aforementioned pearls, kept on reinforcing the whole haute couture allure of the collection. While this time around Lagerfeld chose a non-set set for his show, without transferring Grand Palais to an airport, a casino or a Zen garden (it was still a #FrontRowOnly experience, as the chairs were placed the way as to make all the guests be in their own front row seats), he managed to make the same deep impression with the intricately designed and embellished pieces, but also uber-covetable accessories we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Photos courtesy of Vogue

Written by Virginia Cafaro
With a strong passion for foreign cultures, contemporary art and fashion, Virginia is an enthusiastic editor and translator. When she is not writing, she likes to read books and eat chocolate (at the same time). She also likes to take too many pictures and collect too many comics.