There was something elementary school-like about yesterday’s Chanel show, from the kids and the crystals to the references to movies like Superman II and The NeverEnding Story. You can read proper reviews in the Times, but below you’ll find our two big takeaways.
1. Kids stole the show. Before its start, a little girl in a pink fur coat reveled in the glittering sand floor and the giant crystal formations. However, she didn’t just attract fawning attention from the front row, Bill Cunningham stopped to snap her picture. Then, halfway through the show, Hudson Kroenig took a turn around the runway on the arm of Heidi Mount. He wore a grey tweed jacket with crystal piping and swung a quilted purple velvet chain bag across his body. The crowd swooned.
2. Chanel‘s bringing back the backpack. Though menswear re-embraced the backpack years ago, women have pretty much left it alone (aside from the dozen or so girls with the Row’s crocodile version slung over their shoulder). This fall, Karl’s offering a triangular version that zips down the middle and has a pocket on each side. It comes in pink tweed, purple velvet and grey jersey. Watch out Prada, you have some competition.