Chanel Spring / Summer 2012 Haute Couture
Karl Lagerfeld's presentations for Chanel Haute Couture in the Grand Palais are known to feature dramatically theatrical sets. (As if the Grand Palais were not dramatic enough.) This season he kept up tradition by staging his show inside a full size anodized aluminum plane. He brought together the two definitions of "runway" with a 164 foot catwalk.
It fit with his collection which featured a "monochrome rainbow" of blues. It was a welcome departure from black, white and cream, though there were plenty of those colors as well.
It was nice to see a bold hue take center stage at Chanel, I'm thinking of the bright royal blue from which all the others flowed down through a spectrum of cornflower to robin's egg to blue-tinged lavenders and grays. It would be lovely if this became a color trend for the remainder of red carpet season.
Some of the silhouettes looked a bit plain, a bit ready-to-wear for a couture show. But the details were there, the jewels and beading not always visible in photographs or indeed even from the front row. That's what couture is about - what you can't see.