Welcome to “Show Notes,” in which FU’s critics offer an unfiltered peek at their musings and notebooks. For an in-depth analysis of the collections, don't miss our forthcoming "Report."
•Chanel’s latest couture outing is an ode to its artisans—or its petites mains—many of whom were present for today’s show.
•In fact, they were an integral part. Well, let’s be serious, they’re always an integral part—they make the couture. But today, the set was not some grand fantasy, but a recreation of the Chanel ateliers.
•This isn’t too far off from designer Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall 2016 ready-to-wear concept for the house, which saw the Grand Palais transformed into a hyperbolized version of the salon in Coco Chanel’s atelier.
•The clothes themselves are classic Chanel fare. Think: tweed suits galore, tweed gowns, embroideries and embellishments aplenty, lots of plumage, and a fair bit of lace. Everything seems to purposefully celebrate the artisans.
•And boy, do they deserve it, especially during a time in fashion when so many people forget, or disregard, how quality clothes are made. Not to mention the fact that many individual's livelihoods depend on the creation of these spectacularly intricate garments.
•Rather than being a spectacle, the show was a welcomed reminder of how and why the fashion industry exists.