“I’m suggesting going back to move forward,” said Karl Lagerfeld about his latest cruise collection for Chanel. “To create the future, you have to pay attention to the past.” And this is exactly what the legendary designer did as he brought Ancient Greece to Paris.
Never one to disappoint, the set was a model of the Temple of Poseidon in the Galerie Courbe at the Grand Palais. Complete with columns, gravel and Mediterranean sunlight making you feel like you were actually seeing a parade of goddesses in high-heeled gladiator sandals in Greece itself.
“It had nothing to do with a country. Reality is of no interest to me. I use what I like. My Greece is an idea,” the designer, who skipped post show interviews this season, said in notes provided by Chanel.
The 85 look collection consisted of tweed tunics with frayed edges, burlap pleated shirts and cream colored knits tied with oversized sunglasses, and an abundance of gold jewelry which tied the collection together. Long frocks, some with dramatic trains, had embellished arms and waistlines looked as they were plucked from Mount Olympus.
Keeping up with the modern times, and always changing the game, Lagerfeild approached a deconstructed take on luxury fashion making separates a a major part of the collection. Gold leather sweatshirts paired with shorts and gold arm bands gave the collection a more urban feel.
“The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns. The entire renaissance, in fact, was based on Antiquity. It is really about the youth of the world in all its power and unpredictability — just like the unforgiving gods,” he said
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