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Chanel SS17 Transforms The Grand Palais into the Chanel Data Center

Tuesday 04 October 2016

This year’s invite to Chanel’s show at Paris Fashion Week featured rainbow wires curved into the iconic double C’s of their logo, establishing the themes of technology and data for their SS17 collection. The Grand Palais was transformed into the Chanel Data Center, another brilliant set created by Karl Lagerfeld, with the inside featuring aisles of silver computer systems with multi-coloured wires.

Going all out with the theme, two Stormtrooper-like robots in tweed walked on ahead of Arizona Muse as she opened the show in a sheer pink slip dress. As well as Muse, other favourites of Lagerfeld’s walked the show, including Edie Campbell, Soo Joo Park, Catherine McNeil, Lindsey Wixson, and Louise Parker. Chanel made circuit boards chic as the models paraded between the giant servers.

Photo: Rex

Guests in the front row included Lily Rose Depp, Usher, Roger Federer, Courtney Love and her daughter Frances Bean. Anna Wintour, Carla Bruni Sarkosy and Ines de la Fressange were also in attendance. Of course, all the VIP guests were adorned in Chanel.

The techno theme continued with models wearing bright colours, lace slips, psychedelic patterns, pixel inspired prints, futuristic white wraparound pumps, metallic ballet flats, with accessories including a robot shaped handbag. Chanel’s classic tweeds were updated with multi-coloured designs that took inspiration from the tangled rainbow wires of the set. Most models wore a baseball cap tilted sideways, which were seen in a variety of colours, from neon patterns to plain black, and often paired with a side ponytail, styled by Chanel’s hairstylist Sam McKnight. The styling seemed to take as much inspiration from the 80’s as it did from the futuristic theme.


But the influence of technology was most evident with the reboot of the classic Chanel handbag to feature twinkling lights. Another bag was adorned with mini lights that could spell out personalised messages and flash the Chanel logo. The future of fashion certainly has potential to incorporate more technology with designs such as these, so perhaps we will start seeing more wearable technology across fashion houses.