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Chanel Recreates Iconic Parisian Landmark for Couture 2017

Picture of India Doyle
Updated: 5 July 2017
Known for their decadent and über costly fashion shows, Chanel couture is a highlight of the annual calendar. Led by Karl Lagerfeld, the brand has offered spaceships, casinos and supermarkets in previous years; it’s less about the clothes and more about trumping everyone else on the schedule, which Chanel does with aplomb and to much social media fanfare.

But having created such weighty expectations, and fresh from having evoked Ancient Greece for Cruise 2018, the brand had to embrace something ambitious for couture. And they did: they recreated the Eiffel Tower.

With a view of the real thing on one side, the Chanel couture show saw the usual array of famous models and actresses walk under a near life-size version of Paris’ most famous monument.

The clothes were as dream-like and majestic as the setting demanded – ethereal puff-ball tulle dresses in white, juxtaposed by a chorus of women in tweed boater hats, suit jackets were sculptural and organically curved, while other pieces saw shoulders fabulously embellished with rosettes, feathers and sequins. A tribute to the remarkable history and energy of Parisian women over the last century.

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