By the light of the silvery moon. Well that was the plan as today’s show was scheduled for 10pm instead of the usual 10am. If, as it was rumoured, Monsieur Lagerfeld wanted the collection to be shown under the glow of moonlight then this inspiration came from the designs where silver, shimmering black and shiny nude ribbons gently twinkled and glistened throughout the collection. With the Place Vendome recreated inside the Grand Palais (street-lamps included), cast under this dark luminescence, Lagerfeld’s designs, with all his signature touches present, took on a different feel. Today’s Chanel girl has one foot somewhere in the eighteenth century (frilly bloomers on the underside of dresses, buttoned spat trousers), the other in Coco Chanel’s golden age while an eye kept on the present via whispy, thin materials tied around the hips. As the collection developed into floaty party dresses in subtle hues of blue and nude that merged to a dusty navy, tonight’s Chanel girl was an ethereal, gothic, nymph.
All images courtesy of Valerio Mezzanotti and