Chanel RTW Fall 2016 Shoes

The Mood: A pared-down set — as in, there was no elaborate supermarket or airport scenery this season — allowed Karl Lagerfeld’s masterful tweeds to shine. A loose equestrian theme resulted in cut-out riding boots, and padded bucket hats that had chinstraps in the style of riding helmets.

Chanel Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway Chanel RTW fall ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

The Shoes: The essential tall riding boot was given a wingtip brogue treatment and had a single cutout at the ankle, laced in via silver eyelets. The style was kept in all black or brown leather, or given vibrant tweed uppers that matched the colorful ready-to-wear. A bright magenta tweed and a denim pair were particularly striking.

Chanel Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway Chanel RTW fall ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.
Chanel Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway Chanel RTW fall ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild.

The Verdict: After seasons of excessiveness, it was refreshing to see Lagerfeld let the collection speak for itself. Sure, there was still a lingering feeling of excess — models dripping in pearls aren’t exactly poster girls for subtlety — but the designer forwent a kitschy theme to create simply beautiful pieces. Sometimes less is more.

Chanel Fall 2016 Shoes On The Runway Chanel RTW fall ’16 runway collection. REX Shutterstock.

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