Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets! Chanel’s Casino Royale haute couture show was the place to be if you were a high roller in the world of film, music, or fashion. Designer Karl Lagerfeld invited some megawatt guests to participle in his show this season, to the stunned delight of a hushed audience.
Starting with current face of the brand Kristen Stewart, a selection of VIPs took up velvet seats at one of the show’s central roulette or black jack tables. Stewart was quickly followed by the likes of Vanessa Paradis, Rita Ora, Lara Stone, Lily Collins, Stella Tennant, Geraldine Chaplin, Lily Rose Depp, G-Dragon, and finally, saving the best for last, Julianne Moore. She looked like she owned the place in a floor length velvet dress and the iconic Chanel comet high jewelry necklace shooting around her collarbone.
Once the celebrities were engrossed in their gambling, the actual fashion show got underway.
Rosy cheeked models with slanted Louise Brooks bobs walked the casino floor in designs of shimmering quilted or tweed fabrics that had a slouchy strength about them. The rounded shoulders on boxy jackets, often accentuated with epaulets, enhanced this notion of relaxed rigor and had an intriguing three-dimensionality to them.
When Lagerfeld moved away from his embellished day suit, the roundness of those jackets was transferred to the skirts of his asymmetrical dresses, which curved over and away from the hips. One striking three-dimensional camellia flower evening coat even went as far as to look like a topiary carapace.
For those looking for something a bit more form fitting, Lagerfeld also made a strong argument for shimmering tiered panel dresses that caressed the skin as the models moved about the show space. And the bride, in the form of Kendall Jenner, also reinforced the argument for casual chic. Her white satin wedding suit hinted at a pajama heritage.
So who won at the Chanel Casino? Everybody knows the answer to that. The house always wins.
(Re)discover the Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection right here.