PARIS (Reuters) – Ski lifts may be closed in France due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Chanel reinvented the winter resort atmosphere on Tuesday with a collection featuring an upholstered salopette and faux fur boots perfect for a night out after hitting the slopes.
The French luxury label, cannot, like its rivals, this season present a catwalk show to a live audience for Paris Fashion Week due to the pandemic, revealing its appearance for the following winter in a film.
Swirling between sequences of black and white taken on the streets of Paris to the bursts of color from the dance floor of Castel, the nightclub loved by the fashion crowd, Chanel presents an eclectic mix of style and fabric.
Designer Virginie Viard said in an event note that she was inspired by contrasts, and her collection featured a bold coat paired with sheer gowns and body suits and a bandeau top with the brand’s traditional tweed.
The ski theme infuses the look throughout, from knitted sweaters with snowflake motifs to woolen beanie hats put together by several models, embellished with camellia, another symbol of Chanel.
“This collection is a mix of two influences: the atmosphere of a ski holiday, which I love, and a certain idea of Parisian chic, from the 1970s to the present,” Viard said in a statement.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Castel became a celebrity nightclub, attracting the likes of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and actress Catherine Deneuve. The late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld also threw a party at the club.
Chanel models were filmed putting their makeup on and leaving their coats in the locker room in the narrow hall carpeted Castel. Nightclubs and bars have been closed for months in France based on COVID-19 restrictions.
Other looks in the collection include a shearling-style jacket and oversized trousers with a chevron pattern, while several styles are festooned with sequins, including baggy jeans.
Paris Fashion Week runs until March 10.
Reporting by Sarah White; Edited by Janet Lawrence