“We travel more and more. So why shouldn’t there be Chanel luggage?” For the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection, Karl Lagerfeld drew inspiration from the life of an airport where travellers prepare to take to the skies with CHANEL Airlines. And to travel the world, they seized luggage and handbags that daringly reinterpreted the brand’s iconic designs and their codes, from tweed and quilting to chains and braiding reinvented in silicon. Superimposed, multiplied, enlarged or miniaturised, they delineate a new look that is both modern and versatile.
Thus, the iconic 11.12 handbag adopts XXL proportions and becomes a weekend bag. In quilted tweed or embroidered with rhinestone airplanes, Karl Lagerfeld has adapted it for travel: at the back a flat zipped pocket makes way for the telescopic handle of the “Coco Cases”, the new cabin luggage of the House. In diamond or chevron quilted leather, in tweed, alligator or embracing the codes of the Girl bag inspired by the CHANEL jacket, these suitcases unveil a new look: the double bagging or the simplicity of layering several pieces of luggage. Travelling this easily, this lightly, with hands and arms free, fits perfectly with the philosophy of Gabrielle Chanel. In this same spirit, the weekend bags and other bowling bags in quilted fuselage-grey leather complete the line.
With his typical sense of humour, Karl Lagerfeld multiplies the references to travelling: vanity-cases become little ultra-feminine day bags. For evening, cabin luggage is reinterpreted as a mini version and a minaudière in black resin and quilted leather parked on real wheels.
Finally, for this season Karl Lagerfeld has reinvented the emblematic tweed suit by removing all the House codes: no pockets, no buttons and no braiding. The “absolute” handbag, flat, structured and geometric is the perfect complement to this ultra-sleek silhouette.
For this new collection of Spring-Summer 2016 accessories, CHANEL delivers a new and modern way to travel as well as a certain art de vivre*.