Chanel never fails to be one of the most anticipated shows at Paris Fashion Week, this goes without saying. This year, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a beach. Literally. The entire floor was covered in sand and the tranquil sound of lapping waves created from a tidal machine echoed throughout the room. Displayed on a panoramic blue backdrop, a soothing coastline extended across the walls creating the illusion of an endless sky and ocean.
The show opened with Luna Bijl as she gracefully walked through the sand. Wearing a white, sequin embroidered two piece set paired with a black logo belt, she had two flap bags criss-crossed on both hips. With Chanel's signature interwoven chain / leather straps conjoined in the middle by a leather, logo embossed tag, these emblematic pieces that we all know and love were revamped with a unique twist.
To say that the collection flourished would be an understatement, but then again it always is. It's common knowledge that Chanel invariably produces effortlessly stunning garments every season, which is why the historic French house continues to reign supreme of the luxury fashion hierarchy. However, it were the accessories that dominated the SS19 runway from start to finish.
Pink tweed logo clutches were seen with matching tweed jackets. Multicoloured, pillow-like clutches with dangling pearl straps were carried next to PVC logo slides. Turquoise fleece and bright patterned flap bags were seen in hand or wrist on the runway, as were neutral-toned straw vanity cases and white shell-silhouetted clasp bags. Envelope bumbags with top leather / chain front straps complimented blue and white logo cardigans - each accessory more beautiful than the last.
Innovation balanced with modern twists to iconic, signature designs is what makes Chanel, Chanel. With the rich history of the brand mixed with the contemporary fashion world, Chanel is truly the epitome of the perfect fashion house. With the classics remaining classic and seasonal to-die-fors from every collection, Chanel will never cease to be relevant. It's true when they say that icons never die, at least in Chanel's case.