{Paris Fashion Week Spring17 Couture} Chanel’s Spoon Dress Is All About the Curves

Lagerfeld took it back to soft sophistication (with a twist) in a sugary sweet palette accentuated by metallics for his Spring 2017 Chanel couture collection. The looks, classically feminine, were realized through variations of the house signature boucle jacket, and a parade of dresses and gowns in silver sequins, paillets, rhinestones, and feathers. Oh, the feathers.

For this season, Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from a spoon made by Surrealist artist Alberto Giacometti. He wanted the silhouettes to have a raised waist – not quite as high as the Empire. In an interview with WWD before Fashion Week, he said the concept is that highlighting more of the mid rib-cage area visually lengthens the legs.


And in many of the suits and dresses, there is the ever-so-slight bubble accentuating the hips, followed by a high cinched waist. In tempered moderation this effect works, and it’s so figure flattering. When overdone (ahem, you know who you are Balmain Fall16 shoppers), not so much. But on this runway, the practice was mostly moderate, and the result was feminine, sweet, and thanks to the level of details, far from boring.

The looks evolved into more elongated silhouettes, the feathers started coming out along with more sparkle in full force. As we started getting into red carpet territory, the necklines started plunging, movement became a focal point, and the color palette went more pink, black, silver with the rest of the candy colors left behind.

Kendall Jenner wore a silver plunge neck belted dress with white feather plumes at the knee and a crystal sheer skirt falling underneath. Bella Hadid also walked in the show, wearing a belted black halter dress over a major moment silver and black floral sequin skirt with matching thigh high boots. The show was closed out with Chanel‘s brand ambassador Lily-Rose Depp in a dramatic pink ruffle bridal creation with some major statement sleeves.



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