PARIS, 24 january (Reuters) – Chanel creative director Virginie Viard took an ambitious direction for the French fashion house’s spring haute couture show, sending models out of rough, stylized animals made of cardboard and wood.
One by one, they appeared in boisterous, cheery miniskirts, floral jumpsuits and bright tweed jackets, circling towering statues like ringmasters.
The opening look set the tone – an ivory, double-breasted coat was cinched tightly across the chest before opening in a flare, with the fluffy fringe of a miniskirt peeking out below.
On her head, the model wore a black hat with a gently curved brim, while flat shoes accentuated her long, bare legs.
Viard did away with the frills often associated with haute couture, mostly embellished silhouettes with just enough purple when it came to fuller skirts. offer did or limited the color palette when it came to embellished looks.
The elephant-shaped construction rolled towards the finale, bringing the bride out in a flowy, ivory tulle bustier dress that fell below the knee, teamed with gold ankle-high boots.
During his bow, Viard drew set designer Xavier Veilhan from the risers to cheers from the audience.
The Paris haute couture shows, which include some of the most influential names in the fashion world, including Georgio Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier and LVMH ( LVMH.PA ) Christian Dior, continue until Thursday.
Reporting by Mimosa Spencer; Edited by Frank Jack Daniel
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