Welcome to Runway Matters, where we're delivering notes straight from the runway so you can quickly digest the most important trends and noteworthy moments from the F/W 18 shows.
This morning, the Chanel Fall/Winter 2018 runway show in Paris took us out of our beds and into the woods. If you didn't know the Chanel show was happening, one click into Instagram would have guaranteed feeds flooded with visions of an enchanted forest, that classic Chanel tweed, Kaia Gerber wearing hot-pink gloves, and much more. Oh, yes, my friends, the time for Chanel has arrived.
Complete with every fall necessity imaginable, including a venue doused in crisp leaves, models wrapped chin-deep in colorful scarves, and knit tights that brought us right back to our childhood, this new collection had many moments we could gush over, but instead, we're pulling out the five that were most important to us. That doesn't mean we don't think you should take time to look through the 81 looks that complete this collection—because after all, Chanel is the eye-candy that will make any day brighter.
Last season, it was the PVC bags; this season, it's these oversize fold-over totes. It might be a little early, but we're calling it: This will be the style all the fashion girls will be carrying come fall. Which is a solid six months away, so we suggest you start saving… or preparing yourself for the ultimate accessory envy (join me—it's a great time).
Gloves are the sleeper trend we've been eyeing all throughout fashion month, as designers have been effortlessly incorporating the accessory into collections left and right. While Karl utilized the trend in some of the more casual looks we saw come down the runway, it was the closing evening looks accompanied by over-the-elbow gloves we loved most. When I think about gloves, I think back to the periods where women would never be seen in an evening dress without their forearms delicately covered by gloves. Well, the uniform is back and it's looking cooler than ever before.
Karl Lagerfeld is known for some of the most stunning venues of all time. Because if Chanel isn't deserving of an over-the-top set, who is? This morning, the Grand Palais in Paris opened its doors and welcomed attendees into a Chanel forest. Complete with a floor covered in crisp fall leaves, real dirt, and barren trees, the mood was immediately set. Guests were prepared to be submerged in a fall collection beyond their wildest imaginations, and that's exactly what happened next.
In my opinion, a lot of women (including myself) are kind of stuck in this rut of layering on a few delicate gold necklaces or stacking rings and calling it a day. This new Chanel collection was nothing but an encouragement that statement jewelry is officially back, and despite Coco Chanel's infamous advice to take something off before you leave the house, the more the merrier. We saw bedazzled Chanel chokers, mismatched earrings, necklaces dripping with flowers, layered cuffs, and more. This season, let's all embrace loud jewelry, as according to Karl, it's way more fun.
Last, but certainly not least, we'd be lying if we said these two athleisure looks didn't take us by surprise. Bold hoodies layered underneath classic Chanel structured jackets and one full tracksuit gave off a refreshing accessibility that many Chanel collections in the past have never really had. Sweatpants? Zip-up sweatshirts? Under a tailored jacket? Yeah, I can do that. The words of the inner monologue we never knew we were craving from Chanel until now.