January 23, 2018

Front Row @ Chanel Spring 2018 Couture

Posted by Rachel Watkins

Designer Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’s Grand Palais into a classic French garden to plant his flowery, sugary-chic confections for the Chanel Spring 2018 Couture show during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (January 23), where his Chanel-clad front row duly impressed.

Yara Shahidi: The starlet always impresses me with her command of fashion, and even in this setting, her particular brand of youthfully sophisticated, directional style shone brightly. I like how she brought an experimental twist to this girly-demure frock with the clear booties.

Ella Purnell: There was a prim charm to Ella’s matching sweater separates, modestly finished with a pair of black pumps.

Rita Ora: Classic tweed took a colourful, sporty direction with the songstress’s hoodie dress accessorised in true Rita rebel form with a quilted fanny pack and athletic sneakers. Yet, it all made sense, with the pink-coral hue tied throughout—from her lipstick right down to the accent colour on those shoes.

Rinko Kikuchi: I love the power with which Rinko wore this modern, textural interpretation of plaid. You’d think that the graphic patterning would be overwhelming, but she owned it and the cropped proportions and precise fit worked in her favour. I like the addition of the oval handbag and pumps with embellished heels to bring a flourish of femininity to the boxier shapes here.

Marion Cotillard: The French actress went completely casual in this nubby, navy sweater dress styled with tights, booties and a ponytail. Ultimately, I found it all a bit too nonchalant, as I was wishing for something in the styling department to elevate the effect.

Ellie Bamber: Wearing the same plaid-esque fabric as Rinko, Ellie’s frock took a completely different tone with the clear cape to match her boots. I think I would have liked the look more if she had skipped the reddish eye makeup and worn a sleeker bun.

Isabelle Huppert: Relevant and elegant, Isabelle edged up her long blue maxi dress with a quilted, patent bomber.

Sasha Luss: This look may have started out on a classic note with the tweed jacket, but the slouched, cuffed trousers and boots turned up the tomboy appeal.

Astrid Berges: This white tweed piece was a bit severe, so I’m glad it featured colourful thread running throughout it to lighten the mood.

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