Chanel haute couture Spring Summer 2017 – another beautiful collection this one. though not unexpected. With a lot of Chanel house signature elements, this one fits right in, instead of becoming a historic moment. Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid both walked the show, with Lily Rose Depp appearing in the finale gown.
The collection had a lot of spring and garden inspired bits. But instead of focusing on the nature’s rawness, this collection was about polished glamour. The show brought spring indoors – with a mirror-tiled runway, vases of flowers and a soft pastel color palette of pale green, purple, sky blue, peach, cream and pink.
The show started with power dressing, sometimes with matching hats reminding me of Coco Chanel. Tweed skirt suits with broad metallic belts were paired with pussybows and tightly tied hair, channeling a formal look. Belted dresses, pants and midi-skirts were also seen. The gold of the belts was paired with silver of the pumps, with single anklets added to them as the only trinket.
But instead of focusing on the nature’s rawness, this collection was about polished glamour.
The show soon moved on to cocktail evening dresses, paired with knee-high boots or even pants. Some of the looks were a how to in how to wear pants with a dress: It has to be a slit dress where the slit goes up above the waist. Or it has to be a sheer dress. In which case you wear matching sheer pants. Let them be embroidered while you’re at it.
Textures were mixed and matched for the evening gowns – sequins and feathers with tweed, satin or tulle. Belts were added to give structure even to gowns. Some of the boots were sequined too. Ruffles and layers were added to the poofier, wedding-y gowns. The finale gown was a baby pink one with a long train and ruffles all over – almost like a cupcake. Om-nom-nom.
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Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]