Cara Delevingne has decamped from Chanel’s catwalk to its FROW, having watched from the sidelines now since she took a break from modelling last year to focus on her acting. And for her appearance at the SS16 Couture show, Cara brought along Leo as her date. No, not that Leo. We’re obviously talking about her pet dog, who sat patiently on the front row, next to Carine Roitfeld.
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Watching alongisde Diane Kruger, Cara expressed her love for Chanel’s capes, which were a prominent feature in this latest luxe offering. As always, Karl’s muses dominated the catwalk including Kendall Jenner, Lindsey Wixson, Edie Campbell and sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.
But let’s take a minute to talk about that set. An entire outdoor scene was built into the Grand Palais, previously home to Chanel’s supermarket, the brasserie and a Parisian street. Grass and even a blue sky were the backdrop for a huge wooden house, from which each model emerged, and which provided the setting for the final tableau. As Karl’s couture bride completed her turn of the catwalk, the sides and front of the wooden house folded away to reveal models in each compartment.
Sam McKnight pulled models’ hair into a “Chanel croissant” while eyes were dramatic and graphic, with the rest of the make-up kept simple. In fact, with those Princess Leia-esque ‘dos and the abundance of capes, The Force was strong over at Chanel.
Of course, there is no greater force than Karl himself, who never fails to produce an original, eye-popping show every single season. The master of reinvention, he even managed to make the traditional boucle suit look new thanks to voluminous sleeves, crew necklines and cropped length jackets, paired with a straight, midi skirt. Many of the models wore pouches slung around their hips, made for carrying iPhones or tablets. Yet another sign that Karl isn’t just in touch with the electronic generation; in many ways, he’s leading it.
The bride wore the new, straight midi length dress complete with train, teamed with a matching, oversized kind of bomber jacket. With all-over embellishment, not even this finale showstopper was without a Chanel pouch belt.