The most standout moments from Chanel's autumn/winter 2019 couture show

There were bow ties, thin-framed glasses, and bookshelves aplentycolle

Katie O'Malley
Tuesday 02 July 2019 16:44
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Chanel’s creative director Virginie Viard has showcased her first solo haute couture collection for the luxury fashion brand since the death of Karl Lagerfeld.

On Tuesday, the French fashion designer debuted her latest collection inside Paris' Grand Palais, opening its doors to a library-inspired catwalk.

Models sashayed among the setting’s circular set in skirt-sets which boasted balloon sleeves, two-tone bow-tie heels, feathered trains, and high-neck collars.

The spectacle came almost five months after Chanel confirmed the death of Lagerfeld, who passed away at the age of 85.

From the celebrity-filled front row (FROW) to the book-lined catwalk walls, here are the five most impressive moments from the Chanel autumn/winter 2019 haute couture show.

1) Virginie Viard’s first Paris haute couture collection

Following Lagerfeld’s death in February, Viard was named as the designer’s successor at Chanel.

Dubbed Lagerfeld’s “right hand woman”, the designer previously held the role of fashion creation studio director at the French fashion house and worked alongside the former creative director for more than three years.

Previously in charge of embroidery in the early years of her career at Chanel, Viard’s eye for haberdashery was clear at her haute couture show on Monday, with an array of embroidered sequined ensembles, buttoned pockets and cuffs, and monochrome bowed shoes on the runway.

A model presents a creation by Chanel during the Women's Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show at the Grand Palais turned into a giant library in Paris, on July 2, 2019.

Thin-framed glasses, bow ties and feathered singular earrings also adorned models.

2) The library-inspired setting

Fashion innovator. Creator. Designer. Visionary. These are just a few of the words to describe Lagerfeld, but a little known fact about the former Chanel creative director was that he was a renowned polyglot and collector of books.

So, it seems fitting that the Paris’s Grand Palais was transformed into a circular library for the couture show, taking inspiration from Mademoiselle Chanel’s library at her 31 Rue Cambon apartment.

The show’s setting was furnished with walkways between shelves, coffee tables, rugs, and sofas.

Works from the literary greats including the likes of Plato, Virgil, and Montaigne lines the set’s shelves and mirrored the near “encyclopaedic mind” British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enniful described earlier this year.

“I would nod along, but would often have to go and research who the hell he was talking about,” he added.

Models present creations by Chanel during the Women's Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show at the Grand Palais turned into a giant library in Paris, on July 2, 2019

3) Kaia Gerber has a Jackie Kennedy Onassis moment

For her latest appearance walking for the French fashion house, US model Kaia Gerber strutted through between the winding book shelves wearing a bight orange and cream blazer and a thigh-high skirt.

The look was a nod to the 1960s glamour of Jackie Kennedy Onassis with its uniformed buttons, structured silhouettes, and sharp padded shoulders.

Kaia Gerber walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France

The 17-year-old was styled with a slick of black-winged eyeliner, a pair of quintessentially Chanel black and white slip-on ballet pumps, and a slicked-back ponytail.

4) Celebrity FROW

Several celebrities graced the FROW at Tuesday’s show including French actor Isabelle Huppert, who wore a black tulle skirt and grey Chanel jumper for the occasion, and American actor Amanda Stenberg in a pair of gold boot-cut trousers, button-up black shirt and black cross-body bag.

Isabelle Huppert poses during a photocall ahead of the Chanel Women's Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris, on July 2, 2019.

Oscar Winner Marion Cotillard was also spotted wearing a Chanel emblazoned T-shirt teamed with a pair of navy-blue pointed Mary Jane heels and a pair of orange-coloured vinyl trousers.

Meanwhile, Wolf of Wall Street actor Margot Robbie wore a long-lined monochrome blazer and patterned leggings.

Australian actress Margot Robbie poses during a photocall ahead of the Chanel Women's Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris, on July 2, 2019.

5) No wedding dress finale

Contrary to Chanel haute couture shows under the helm of Lagerfeld, Viard did away with tradition on Tuesday and chose not to close her show with a wedding dress.

Instead, models walked to the beat of Portishead's hit 1995 song "Glory Box" which includes the lyrics “I just want to be a woman”.

Viard also made an appearance at the end of the show dressed in a black buttoned-up shirt, patterned trousers, and heeled boots.

French fashion designer Virginie Viard acknowledges the audience at the end of the Chanel's Women Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show at the Grand Palais turned into a giant library in Paris, on July 2, 2019.

Over the years, several high-profile models including Lily Cole, Cara Delevingne, and Kendall Jenner have sported bridal attire for the finishing walk on the haute couture runway, often hand-in-hand at the end of the show with Lagerfeld.

Last year, Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech wore a mint-green wedding dress skirt suit at the end of the show, while in 2014 pregnant model Ashleigh Good was escorted down the runway by the former Chanel creative director.

Read more about Chanel on The Independent here.

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