Paris Fashion Week is fashion month’s cherry on the cake. The City of Love’s Fashion Week is home to many established names, juxtaposed with their younger colleagues. These younger counterparts often show their progressive view on fashion and sustainability, where established labels rely on their signature look and feel. This results in an interesting mix of designers, trends and cultures. Fashion Week translates the city into a melting pot of young and old, traditional and progressive and everything in between. Therefore, we provide daily updates about the shows, collections and the stories behind them. Today: Chanel.
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Paris Fashion Week
The great thing is that Paris Fashion Week is home to many female designers. Take for example Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen, Claire Wright Keller (Givenchy), Stella McCartney and Virginie Viard (Chanel) – all great women who show during Paris Fashion Week. We can’t longer suppress our excitement. Luckily, we don’t have to, since PFW is in full force. Read everything about Chanel below.
Virginie Viard created one of the most daring and frivolous Chanel collections ever. She used the Seine as her main source of inspiration, which was most visible in the decoration at Grand Palais. Where Demna Gvasalia used real water for his Balenciaga show, Viard sticked to an optical illusion – a safer option.
Models entered this extraordinary runway as duos and triplets. Alongside them, there were white layered platforms, suggesting Seine’s banks. The Seine’s history played a large part in Viard’s collection as well. Viard went back to times in which the river was at the heart of the city and home to traders, travelers and even pirates.
Viard translated these three kinds of people into her collection. At first, there were the boots: chunky yet classic, consisting of both black and cognac leather. They were combined with the so-called pirate blouse, which would’ve looked well on mister Jack Sparrow himself. Front-split trousers and big shoulders also played a big role, hinting to this heroic era.
Furthermore, the pirate booty was worn on the models’ chests and around the hips. Just like last season, Viard carried on the hip chain trend – with success.