Roman model Mariacarla Boscono lends her dark Madonna image to the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2016/17 pre-collection. With a translucent complexion, smoky eyes and jet-black cropped hair, her slender silhouette moves dynamically before Karl Lagerfeld’s lens.

There’s a 1960s swing in the air. With great contrasting effect, the black and white images highlight a feminine and urban style that plays with fashion while summoning up the great classics of the House of CHANEL.

First comes tweed and its multitude of variations. A black and white houndstooth version for a contemporary parka-style coat with a hood. A fantasy tweed on a skirt and an oversize jacket; then we see it textured and combined with cashmere over a short dress with long sleeves. In a black, grey and cream houndstooth motif, it also adorns the iconic 2.55 handbag which, from season to season, never stops reinventing itself to accompany every CHANEL collection.

Black, the signature colour, sketches each silhouette from its graphic pallet. Used for a pair of braided jersey culottes and a pleated jacket, it blends with navy blue tweed and sets off a satin jumpsuit, a liberating and contemporary variation of the classic little black dress. Thigh boots sheathe the legs in dark velvety leather complete with a vinyl ribbon braid. The knitwear, single coloured or patterned, also features tonalities that echo Mariacarla’s sombre gaze.

With a bare minimum of accessories, the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2016/17 pre-collection plays with simplicity to accentuate clothes which are both striking and sophisticated. A light, sassy chic, that’s so terribly Parisian.

Discover the collection in CHANEL boutiques from July 2016.