Not one to underwhelm and always one to surprise, Karl Lagerfeld transported guests back to ancient Greek with the Chanel Cruise 2017-2018 collection. Following the theme of “The Modernity of Antiquity”, the collection reimagined traditional Grecian codes of classicism into modern sophistication.
“I’m expressing through fashion a fascination I’ve had since childhood. The first book I read was Homer,” explains Karl Lagerfeld of his inspiration. “The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still hold true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women.”
An earthy landscape of ancient Greek columns and greenery set the scene of the show held in Paris’ Grand Palais, where Lagerfeld’s visions of goddesses, warriors, myths and ancient sculptures came to life. Models were clad in draped silhouettes, sunburst pleats, belted waists and structured bustiers, with a colour palette from shimmery golds, terracottas, black to ethereal whites.
Accessories came in the form of delicate, Olympic laurel wreaths as headpieces, paired with layers of long necklaces and gold cuffs. The traditional Greek sandal got an update, with a high column heel that comes in a variety of bright colours.
Click through the gallery of the best style looks and pieces from Chanel’s Cruise 2017-2018 collection.