Paris Haute Couture: Chanel Autumn/Winter 2008 collection
Come rain or shine, the show must go on.
While the Chanel Haute Couture collection was delayed due to the torrential rain that almost drowned out the former royal hunting lodge, it was not going to stop the Karl Lagerfeld from showing his collection. Once the rain turned into a drizzle, the celebrities came out and the show eventually started.
After watching the Signe Chanel (House of Chanel) documentary I have a new found respect for the couturiers and all the work it takes to put together a collection of about 30 or so looks. And Karl lived up to all our expectations of beautiful embellished gowns, delicate beading, ruffles, embroidery and billowing fabrics. The soft feathery capes and hoods gave the models an illusion of a leaner silhouette, though one of two looked like the models could take flight at any second.
The evening wear is certain to be seen on future red carpets as they clung to the models bodies, with beading giving the dresses that million dollar sparkle. Slinky lace numbers were often adorned with ruffles at the hem and shoulders, perfect for Karl’s favourite red carpet women – Nicole Kidman, Irina Lazareanu.
And of course there were the tweed pieces - this is a Chanel fashion show after all - in the shape of classic shift dresses, jackets and skirts. A few of the dresses and skirts had long pants that covered most of the foot that matched the outfits’ fabric, colour and shoe perfectly. If it wasn’t a long trouser, the models were sent down the gravel path in the signature Lagerfeld thigh boots that went so high up we weren’t sure where they ended.
Accessories included Lagerfeld’s favourite fingerless gloves, as well as headbands made of silky black plumes, embellished or adorned with Coco Chanel's trademark white camellia.
Oh and who were some of Lagerfeld’s celebrity guests? Fergie, Vanessa Paradis, Electra Rosselini, and Anna Mauglalis.
[Images from Getty/Catwalking]