Chanel Introduces a Touch of Victorian

With an 18th century castle as a runway, Chanel channels its inner Victorian.

Fashion creations by designer Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel fashion house were introduced during the Chanel Metiers d’Art show in Salzburg. Chanel’s annual Metiers d’Art shows have become something of fashion legend. Celebrated for spectacular collections showcased in equally as jaw-dropping settings with a very limited selection of prestigious guests, it’s a not-to-be-missed show which is always cloaked in mystery until the big reveal. The event was held at the Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, an 18th century rococo palace located on the lake Leopoldskroner Weihe.

Young model, Kendall Jenner, travels back in time in a sheer black Chanel Karl Lagerfeld dress with Victorian style accessories.

Young model, Kendall Jenner, travels back in time in a sheer black Chanel Karl Lagerfeld dress with Victorian style accessories.

This season’s show had a Victorian-chic atmosphere, prompted by two dresses with a touch of Victorian flair. The runway through the grand room of the 18th century castle showcased a black sheer full-skirted dress with a ribboned bodice, short puffed sleeves, statement choker necklace, and oversized buttons. Covering the arms were long sheer fingerless mitts or gloves, a popular accessory throughout the 19th century. Each wrist featured a large bracelet. Matching decorative bracelets were worn in pairs in the 19th century with wrist jewelry ranging from ornately jeweled gold bracelets to beaded or embroidered velvet bands. Finishing the Victorian look was a pair of shiny ankle boots, reminiscent of late Victorian shoe styles.

Cara Delevingne, who walked the runway with designer Karl Lagerfeld, wears another Victorian inspired Chanel creation.

Cara Delevingne, who walked the runway with designer Karl Lagerfeld, wears another Victorian inspired Chanel creation.

Covering the arms were long sheer fingerless mitts or gloves, a popular accessory throughout the 19th century, accessorized with large wrist jewelry. Matching decorative bracelets were worn in pairs in the 1800s. Completing the Victorian look was a pair of shiny ankle boots, reminiscent of late Victorian shoe styles.

Covering the arms were long sheer fingerless mitts or gloves, a popular accessory throughout the 19th century, accessorized with large wrist jewelry. Matching decorative bracelets were worn in pairs in the 1800s. Completing the Victorian look was a pair of shiny ankle boots, reminiscent of late Victorian shoe styles.

The next ensemble featured a Victorian-inspired white tiered dress with a black belt and ribbon detail. The dress was accessorized with black sheer fingerless gloves, large bracelets and a choker necklace. Again, black Victorian style boots completed the look.