Chanel splashes color at haute couture live show


Colorful flowers, sequins and feathers adorned Chanel’s Impressionist-inspired haute couture show in Paris on Tuesday, which was held in front of a live audience as COVID-19 restrictions relax in France.

Celebrities such as director Sofia Coppola and French actress Carole Bouquet mingled in the courtyard of the fashion museum at Palais Galliera, where an exhibition on Chanel founder Gabrielle Chanel is currently on display.

Designer Virginie Viard said she was inspired by artists Berthe Morisot, Marie Laurencin and Edouard Manet as well as English gardens for the fall / winter 2021/2022 haute couture line.

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Tops, dresses and skirts were embellished with floral patterns, with a dress embroidered with water lilies and a black coat adorned with pink and yellow tulle pom poms.

“There are Impressionist-inspired dresses, skirts that look like paintings,” Viard said in a statement.

“I like to see the color in the grayness of winter. I really wanted a particularly colorful and very embroidered collection, something warm.

Chanel, Chanel fashion show, Chanel Virginie Viard, Chanel haute couture show Actress Margaret Qualley closed the show in a soft pink wedding dress, throwing a bouquet to the audience as rose petals fell around her. (REUTERS / Sarah Meyssonnier)

The models, some wearing braided mohawks, also showcased colorful tweed suits – a staple of the private luxury group – as well as feathered or ruffled skirts and chiffon or lace dresses. There were also pantsuits, in hot pink and cream.

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Actress Margaret Qualley closed the show in a soft pink wedding dress, throwing a bouquet to the audience as rose petals fell around her.

The 26-year-old also modeled some of the outfits in the collection in a short film directed by Coppola.

Dior launched the four-day haute couture week on Monday. The event is a mix of physical parades and digital displays, as many buyers, journalists and influencers still cannot make it to Paris due to coronavirus restrictions.

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