Clear rain macs are fashionable now, according to Chanel

3rd Oct 17 | Fashion

How very practical.


Finally, high fashion has come up with an answer to the fact British weather is predominantly drizzly.

In its latest collection, Chanel has taken a more practical tack and come up with some macs you actually wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear.

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld sent his Spring/Summer 2018 collection down the catwalk this morning, and the star of the show was everyone’s favourite festival item: The rain mac.

Clear rain macs were modelled as both hoods and full jackets (Francois Mori/AP)

Lagerfeld’s shows typically have extravagant sets inside Paris’s Grand Palais – which in the past have included a replica of the Eiffel Tower and a Chanel-branded supermarket – and this one was no exception.

Models stomped the runway against a man-made cliff backdrop, complete with running waterfalls.

The set was suitably ostentatious (Francois Mori/AP)

It set the tone for the whole show, which was unexpectedly water-resistant.

Chanel’s hats might be waterproof, but they’re not particularly good in the wind (Francois Mori/AP)

In terms of style, Lagerfeld kept the classic Chanel tweed suits relatively intact, with many clear PVC additions – think rain macs, hats, capulets, gloves and boots.

It-girl of the moment Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, opened the show wearing a multi-coloured tweed suit and a clear rainproof hat.

Kaia Gerber opened the show (Francois Mori/AP)

If you’re keen to get the Chanel look, but without blowing your budget, there are plenty of clear rain macs on the high street. This Topshop version is just £39:


You can also get the Chanel look from Boohoo for £16:


Lagerfeld also sent clear PVC thigh high boots down the runway, which are a little trickier to find on the high street. Although, we’re not particularly sad about that one.

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