For Chanel’s Fall Winter RTW 2018 it has been an Indian Summer set-up with all the leaves in the Grand Palais during Paris Fashion Week. Karl Lagerfeld had conjured a forest into being at Chanel. It looked as if the fallen leaves of every park in Paris had been scooped up and brought in to carpet the Grand Palais against photographic backdrop that stretched the forest to trompe l’oeil infinity. There were six of varying shades of Chanel chic – one double-breasted and flecked with gold Lurex. Another, a doubled-up look for a collarless tweed over a leather liner an on-target trend of the season). Then the last: two coats sprouting coq feathers, and then a full-on swathed-sleeved version somehow evoked both early movie-star glamour and the 1980s. Also included vaguely ’70s-esque dresses you could call that-billowy sleeves, high necks, leaf prints. The fall collection is focused on coats and suits. Coats came ultra lean or with languid volume, some with interesting shoulder treatments, feathered epaulets; a gracefully sloped flange. Suits were short, long – the occasional peplum. Evening wear was on the calm side, a series of beautiful black dresses shown with vibrant opera gloves. Thanks to the Team CHANEL and Karl Lagerfeld for having me as their guest, it has been a true autumn dream.