Runway Report: Chanel AW16 Couture

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is now in full swing and early this morning, Karl Lagerfeld debuted Chanel’s Fall 2016 couture collection.

The Grand Palais played host to Chanel’s entire atelier, the detailed set came complete with cutting tables cluttered with fabric, stationary and sketches, rolls of materials and even seamstresses dubbed petit mains who worked away quietly on their creations.

The models emerged from their ‘fittings’ to walk the room, creating a feeling of seeing the collection from toile to finish. And what a finish it was with skirt suits, cocktail dresses and of course eveningwear. This being Chanel, it should come as no surprise the collection was heavy on tweed, but with this season paying special tribute to the atelier behind the scenes, what really stood out were the details: impeccably pleated dresses, ornately beaded hems, and a pale pink bridal finale look with a showstopper of a feathered train.

Highlights included tweed skirt suits and trousers with matching longer length jackets and heavily embellished evening gowns that came with pockets. Every look was completed with over the knee black suede boots with a kitten heel, while model’s sported curly up-dos, each topped off with a black bow headband.

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