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.