Chanel Resort 2018 : “The Modernity of Antiquity”

Published for Blouin Artinfo

May 2017

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“The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still hold 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.” Karl Lagerfeld.

This year, on May 3 2017, the French designer got the beauty of Greece to the city of Paris. He wonderfully recreated the Temple of Poseidon at the Grand Palais, making a not only a grand set, but presenting perfection with ruined pillars and yellow-sun-like lightning.

“I see Greece as the origin of beauty and culture.”

The collection was most modern-ly-antique. It mirrored the Greek spirit in every possible way. A subtle pastel theme walked till the end, with lots of gold and contemporary grandeur. Tweed tunics, frayed edges, pleated skirts, coarse knits, which lots of embellishments and accessories.

The Greek aesthetic was transported to this era with one-shouldered toga dresses, tweed tunics with rope belts, leather jackets paired with skirts, gold coin buttons, jewelled hair clips and a breath-taking range of sunglasses adorned with some more gold.

White dresses with fitted waists embroidered with sequins to create a marble effect were sent down the ramp followed by tweed dresses with zippers frayed hems.

The make-up was kept natural with almost no visible lip colour. The focus was on the eye done in an unmistakable Mediterranean shape with a liner.

We might go on and on about the collection, but the real show stealers were the magnificent gladiator sandals in vibrant yellow, blue and gold shades. Outlining the true essence of the theme, these Greek gladiators were modernised with column heels and paired with almost all the outfits.

The designer wrapped up the show in a delightful manner, walking the runway with Hudson Kroenig, his 8-year-old grandson.

 

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