Chanel were showing-off their Spring/Summer collection earlier this week in Paris. It all took place in a constructed conservatory housing a magical cardboard garden around which the catwalk flowed. Models artfully paraded Karl Lagerfeld’s wares, themselves often dressed in floral inspired designs. If that wasn’t enough, at one point a model appeared trailed by large exotic bouquet carrying men (see clip below). Will haute couture’s love affair with all things botanical ever end?
With floral inspired tag-lines like “Couture-in-bloom” and “Coco, Coco, how does your garden grow?”, it’s hard not to enjoy the reviews.
Alexander Fury Fashion Editor of the Independent described the collection as follows:
“Wide-brimmed Merry Widow sun hats, atop outfits in hothouse shades of delphinium blue, geranium and brilliant rhododendron cerise, and a fresh version of the house classic tweed two-piece”
Imogen Fox for the Guardian said of the occasion:
“Guests walked into a giant terrarium containing what seemed to be giant white origami tropical flowers, palm trees and banana leaves. But what makes the Chanel show story most compelling is that there is humour and wit there too. Why else would Lagerfeld have scripted an opening sequence of four male gardeners carrying quilted watering cans to “water” the plants which then opened up and bloomed into colour?”
Why else? Because Karl Lagerfield understands the reliability of plants to WOW.