For Chanel’s resort ’16 runway show, Karl Lagerfeld presented the collection in Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza with a star-studded front row, including Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton and Gisele Bündchen, as well as a handful of K-pop stars.
While the ready-to-wear embraced a certain flashiness inspired by Korea’s pop-music culture — clashing multicolor prints and saturated tweeds made for a Technicolor Dreamcoat, indeed — the shoes were relatively simple. Lagerfeld offered modernized riffs on the house’s classic footwear styles.
Squared-toe block heels were finished in white and black patent leathers, its shape reminiscent of the house’s classic ballet flat. Patent Mary Jane flats were paired with leather stockings, with varied ankle, below-the-knee and thigh-high silhouettes. From afar, the stockings appeared to be part of the shoe.
New styles included black ankle-strap sandals with patent camellia appliqué work on the toe strap, while others were unadorned.
In keeping with the label’s recent theme, Chanel has focused on revamping its classic shoes in subtle ways. The fall ’15 show featured nude slingback heels with contrasting toe-caps, a signature of the French label.
Chanel’s protest-themed spring ’15 show had experimented more with its footwear designs, showing multicolor mod boots. While the updates this season were perhaps more noticeable with a magnifying glass, this discreet thoughtfulness has proven to be part of Lagerfeld’s charm.
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