Jul 082015

Couture is best viewed up close, without question. But for those of us lacking front row seat privileges at Chanel Couture 2015, online images are the next best thing.

Models present creations for Chanel during the 2015-2016 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 7, 2015 at the Grand Palais in Paris.            AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

Models present creations for Chanel during the 2015-2016 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 7, 2015 at the Grand Palais in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

This Fall/Winter ’15 offering was set in a Chanel-themed casino, complete with slot machines and tables surrounded by celebrities dressed in Karl Lagerfeld originals.


During the first moments of the show, a silent star-studded cast of muses arrived at the casino and took their places among the gaming tables. The stature of the talent amongst these individuals was impressive. Given that this was Chanel Couture, I think this was probably not de trop. I enjoyed seeing this quiet moment between Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in this opening vignette.

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In contrast to the traditional, elegant fashion worn by the stars who were seated within the casino stage, the models wore fashion was decidedly 21st century, updating many of the Chanel classics that began at the beginning of the 20th century. Compare this model to the natural elegance of Kristen and Julianne, above:

_A2X0123The models, who wore some designs created using 3-D printer technology, had a dark, computer-esque appearance. Unlike some life-affirming celebrations of years past, today’s show (visible here) seemed to pull on a woman/machine theme punctuated by a mechanistic, dramatic musical score. Some of the clothing seemed to overwhelm the models in their size and volume. Gone are those teeny tiny skirts and barely-there cropped everything. I wonder if the this suggests that the cropped ankles and other clothing that we’ve seen throughout ready to wear will finally run its course.


Makeup emphasized heavy brows, no mascara. I found that combination refreshing when I first saw it a few years ago, but I didn’t think it would last this long. When Tom Ford gave us layers of mascara on his runway last February, I was cheering. Give me lushy lushy lashes, more more more please! Bring sexy back, Mr. Ford!  But, alas, not at Chanel. Although the stars had their lashes, the models were a bit more like automatons. Their features emphasized the expressive portions of the face but the models’ faces remained expression-less.


In the video, several models gave off a cool highlighter glow, similar to Nars Copacabana applied very heavily so as to give a machine-like texture to the skin. According to Style.com, artist Tom Pecheux “exaggerated arches and carved out cheekbones with bold strokes of bright color, polishing off pouts with matte lipstick in rich mauve or striking cherry.” He used “sharp, etched-on blush reminiscent of the ’80s.” And we all know what blush looked like back then. And if you don’t, it looked a little something like this:


Chanel also offered an anti-blonde moment, as any models with blonde hair had theirs covered in a darker-toned wig.

And here’s our Jenner girl, finishing the show in a wedding suit:

08chanel-D-articleLargeBecause couture really is experienced best up close, here’s a video from Chanel highlighting some of the workmanship:

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  2 Responses to “Today at Chanel Couture”

  1. Hi Amy,
    although I really liked the ideas in the clothing department, to me makeup was not very attractive. I was watching the show with hubby and he said “how come all these models are not very attractive”. And that was asked about some of the top models out there, it made me smile. The blush placement, very heavy brows with no mascara and strange wigs, I think after all that they still looked ok. If I were to wear these, I would look horrible 😉

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