Spring 2017 Couture Details and Atmosphere
By now, we know to expect the unexpected at a Chanel show. In recent seasons, Karl Lagerfeld has riffed on intimate technology, airport style, and Italian cinema,but today’s presentation had humbler beginnings: a spoon.
Of course, it wasn’t a spoon he found in the kitchen. More specifically, it was Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture Spoon Woman (1926), which might appear to be a giant spoon from afar, but abstractly depicts a woman’s neck, bust, and nipped-in waist at the top, then curves into wide, spoon-like “hips.” Perhaps Lagerfeld thought it looked like a circle skirt. A cast of the sculpture sits in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum; its website reports that Giacometti was inspired by “ceremonial spoons of the African Dan culture, in which the bowl of the utensil can be equated with a woman’s womb.”