Winter dressing done right. From left to right, photos by Olivier Saillant and Benoit Peverelli respectively, on chanel.com.This year, Lagerfeld's Chanel reverie took place at the palace in Salzburg, Austria, which most will remember as the filming location for The Sound of Music. Set against the charming landscape of Tyrolean country and amid the golden opulence of the Schloss palace, kitsch floral appliques, peasant knits and muted hues von-Trapped us in a spellbound lust for colder, snowier weather. This, my friends, is how I wish I could dress for a Canadian winter. High-necked collars, choker necklaces and lace-up boots were recurring accessories and the classic Chanel jacket made appearances in variations without lapels and finished with coloured piping detailing.
The Marble Hall at the Schloss Leopoldskron. Photo by Olivier Saillant on chanel.comModels outfitted in tubular-shaped garments floated through the Marble Hall, around tables piled high with food that no doubt went untouched by the end of the night. The surprisingly wearable collection, perhaps influenced by equally understated German design, led into frilly dresses. A whipped white concoction was the icing on top. Lagerfeld continued to demonstrate his emulation of the zeitgeist, not only by including the rising Kendall Jenner (of the Kardashian clan) on the runway, but also debuting large Princess Leia-like 'braidphones,' a hairy variation on his previous venture into fashionable tech with his $5,000 leather headphones for Chanel's Spring/Summer 2014 showing. Being a leader rather than a follower of the times, jewelled barrettes also made a sleek and sweet return, pulling a half-updo back into place. I sense a slew of Chanel DIY's on the way. The beauty look balanced clean, slightly shimmery complexions against demure smokey eyes accented with thick golden eyeliner.
The makeup look, backstage at Chanel Métiers d'Art, Paris-Saltzberg. Photo by Romina Shama.M étiers d’Art Paris- Salzburg was preceded by a Lagerfeld-directed video titled, ' Reincarnation,' an introduction to the history behind this year’s show. It recounts the story of how Mlle. Chanel's now eponymous boxy tweed jacket design was said to have been inspired upon her noticing a similar design on a lift operator at Hotel Mittersill in Austria. Starring Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams as reincarnated royalty, the E mpress Elisabeth of Austria and Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, the story charts the tale of Mlle. Chanel, followed by a folklore-like twist as the hotel comes to life at night. Both stars lend their vocals to the Williams-composed tune, "CC The World." The finale of this year's Chanel spectacle came with the sight of Delevingne apathetically eating what must have been a delicious Austrian pastry as Karl walked her through the dining room turned runway at the end of the show. Leave it to the British Fashion Awards' Model of the Year to keep it real, even at a Chanel show in affluent Austria. For more style news, visit our Style Desk blog.