Chanel transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a beautiful garden inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s childhood for the Spring/Summer 2020 Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion Week.
The particular garden that was the source of inspiration? The Abbey of Aubazine, a place where Gabrielle Chanel spent much of her childhood and whose elements became an inspiration from some of her designs.
Virginie Viard reimagined these elements and channelled them into contemporary Haute Couture designs. A traditional school girl’s outfit inspired some of the looks with straight dresses in two-tone wool or tweed, flat pleats, braided belts and embellished collars. Looks were finished with jewelled buttons set with flowers or trimmed with braids.
We saw classic Chanel tweed on full skirts, dresses and suits worn with tights and socks as if mimicking school girls. Finished with oversized colours and double-breasted fastenings, blazers were worn with straight skirts some of which were layered with tulle.
Mid-way through the show, the monochrome colour palette gave way to soft pastel tones with pink and blue shades breaking up the black and white ensembles.
Dresses with floral details in the form of lace and embellishments were layered with silk tulle petticoats.
The final look; the wedding dress came in crepe georgette and was enhanced with a triple Peter Pan collar in tulle and veil embroidered with branches of wisteria. The dress was short and simple and signified a moment of modernity.