Chanel brings Ancient Greece to Paris for their Resort 2018 collection. The setting was “an Elysian ideal of a Greek ruin” as Luke Leitch of VOGUE describes it.
“We sat beneath 11 crumbling columns that sheltered rosemary and sage growing between the cracked flagstones and a gnarled old olive tree set into a rocky outcrop. This was a site under turn-of-the-20th-century archaeological excavation, flanked by wooden scaffolding. A marble Venus beneath it had been partially stuffed into a burlap sack, as if half dispatched for transport to some British museum. The Aegean sparkled beneath us on a darkening horizon dappled with distant isles. So—again, lucky us—we were in Greece, right?
…We might easily have been seated within the Parthenon in Athens or the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion had Chanel been inclined to take us there”.
“…but how would the culture that produced Leonidas and Lysistrata permeate Lagerfeld?
The answer was in a densely attractive Greek salad composed of Hellenic silhouettes and tropes—strappy (column heeled) sandals, jeweled golden armbands, ancient coins as buttons or heaped in necklaces, pottery relief knits, faux-rustic chitons, and metal laurel leaf paillettes clustered in neckpieces or painted on sweatshirts and a sweat-tee. There were toga-touched soft jersey goddess dresses, pants and shorts suits in sunset pastels and fit-for-the-Forum white. Arizona Muse’s second look (an himation-line golden top above a skirt studded with metal pins and drops of garnet) came accessorized with a chain-handle round bag from which a cast-metal wide-eyed owl—or Athene noctua, symbol of Athena—stared forth alongside those iconic double Cs”.
Lagerfeld imagined the Ancient Greece set, and as he said: “The criteria of beauty in Ancient, then Classical Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns. The entire Renaissance, in fact, was based on antiquity.”
Full film of the CHANEL Cruise 2017/18 fashion show that took place on May 3rd, 2017 in Paris.
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