Despite a gatecrasher trying to create a scene, Creative Director Virginie Viard’s designs for the upcoming season still stole the show.
Named Creative Director earlier in 2019 after the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, Virginie Viard – who worked by his side in the French fashion house for 30 years – had big shoes to fill.
And Viard, who was previously Chanel’s Studio Director, is proving she’s up to the task. For Spring/Summer 2020, the French designer took to the rooftops of Paris to put on a show, evoking a sense of “a youthful breeze of liberty”.
On the decision, she said: “The roofs of Paris remind me of the atmosphere of the Nouvelle Vague. I saw silhouettes walking on the roofs. I thought about Kristen Stewart playing Jean Seberg and all the actresses Gabrielle Chanel dressed at that time”.
And the collections brought together signature Chanel with a fresh, youthful-dress-up feel to merge the worlds together. Tweed and suit jackets were in tow, while hot pants with tights and layers upon layers of bling-worthy accessories were worn, too.
Both day and nightwear opted for volume and simplicity simultaneously – there were jackets with cuffs and flounced collars with short-n-tight fit skirts, capri pants with denim jackets, straight-cut masculine tweed jackets are given a fresh cut with playsuits, jumpsuits and dress designs
Long coats come in tweed or wool crêpe while a striped top and a carelessly knotted shirt add masculine-feminine accents.
As for jewellery and accessories – more was more, and glitzy designs offered a glamorous update to classic fabrics and prints.
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