Chanel gets gently geometric in far-flung Paris couture | Fashion Trends

The day Chanel brought her couture guests to the tranquility of the Bois de Boulogne forest — tweeted Birds — were not fashionistas. On Tuesday morning, eye-popping VIPs walked through tons of white sand through the Étriere de Paris equestrian center on the leafy outskirts of Paris, past rows of spinning wheels and inflatable capsules where nature, fashion and art mingled.

Dreamscape was created especially for autumn-winter by artist Xavier Weilhan, who decorated Chanel’s indoor ring space with an elegant silver mobile. It had guests — including Marion Cotillard and Keira Knightley — gawking. Haute couture is an old Parisian tradition of producing overpriced, made-to-measure clothing for the world’s wealthiest women.

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Here are some highlights of the Fall-Winter 2022 collections:

Smoothness of the channel

With a slightly incoherent drum narration via video recording, Chanel ambassador Pharrell Williams began the proceedings — soft music and soft form — before the “real” show began.

Soft colours, lines and shapes, punctuated by moments of stunning buttons, floaty plumes and big hats is a simple formula for Virginie wear. The French designer was in a softer mood for couture this season, letting subtle twists do the talking.

A loose pastel green skirt suit opened, studded with delicately sparkling crystalline buttons made by the stalwart’s world-renowned atelier. This led to fast embroideries and jacquards on loose-fitting coats in spotted mint and sand with often-oversized or inverted collars that aired in the 80s. A-line coats with heavy swag, dropped waists and statement pockets, meanwhile, introduced subtle stresses – along hems and fringing in contrasting patterns.

Yet the excellent appearance kept it to a minimum. A ribbed olive green gown flared out at the bottom with a clean stripe along the bust — a clever take on a mermaid dress. It draws a perfect line between sporty and chic.

Still, there’s a feeling that Weird has been playing it safe since replacing Karl Lagerfeld, who died in 2019.

Next row

It must be Couture Week when paparazzi skid across the sand to snap a roll call of celebrities, honking their horns at irritated motorists in gridlocked traffic.

37-year-old Keira Knightley arrived on the Far Channel show amid much fanfare. The actress, who has been an ambassador for the house since 21, arrived in a velvet and lace halter-neck LBD by Chanel, shades and entered with her husband, British musician James Righton.

French Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard appeared in a more casual ensemble, in a striped Chanel shirt and black micro mini, covering a decadent interview. Actresses Sigourney Weaver, Clemence Poesy and Maggie Gyllenhaal also joined in — giving the designer a standing ovation when she came out for the finale.

Alexis Mabel Blooms

French designer Alexis Mabille was in top fall form for a timeless collection of couture that never forgot its whimsy.

Gowns draped in luxurious pastel silks caressed the body, shimmering lightly as the stunning indigo fabric paraded down the runway.

Flowers have never been far from Mabille’s design universe — literally and figuratively.

A pastel gray silk dress with a curved split at the middle of the knee so that the hem falls down in folds like an early flower. Its upper bib was made of intricate white embroidery, like the veins of a petal under a microscope.

Then came flashes of exotic fashion design — a huge silk flower headdress made of a multitude of shimmering petals.

Menswear reigns supreme in Paris

Paris Menswear Week, June 21-26, is as buzzing as this week’s VIP-filled couture, front-line fashion insiders are commenting. And unusually. Couture has traditionally surpassed menswear in terms of attention and celebrity presence. But could this be a thing of the past?

From Justin Timberlake to K-pop sensations BTS, the celeb presence of spring 2023 menswear was enough to rival this week’s couture. And it implies a higher-than-usual level of attention in the glossy press and online.

This shift in gear — or fashion leveling out — has seen men’s luxury brands surpass womenswear in terms of portfolio growth and command more and more eyeballs on men’s runways.

Of particular note is the proliferation of US menswear brands, which are now choosing to show across the pond in Paris to garner attention. After the ill-fated New York Men’s Fashion Week – which began in 2016 and was later canceled due to dwindling attendance – reports noted how countless US-based houses such as Thom Browne, Amiri, Greg Lauren, KidSuper and Rudd have opted out of their shows. Designs in the City of Light.

Armani goes Art Deco

Geometric runway cross-pollination to gentle geometry for Giorgio Armani. This couture season, the Italian fashion legend wanted to “give a new space to sparkle and frivolity,” inspired by the universe of Art Deco Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka.

The heyday of the graphic Art Deco movement on the runway — the 1930s — emerged through graphicism in silhouettes. Art Deco was a movement created in response to Art Nouveau, replacing later wave shapes with geometry.

A silk gray jacket with silver linear trim had an oriental-feel fashion at the time. Elsewhere, swirls adorned the busts of dark fitted column gowns, while earrings and necklaces came bold and graphic.

As usual, Armani showcased his signature statement shoulders, shimmering organza and satins and lightning lashes in the longest collection seen all season. There were a total of 92 views.

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