For the second season in a row, Chanel worked with French installation artist Xavier Veilhan to construct a dreamy playground on the site of the Étrier de Paris equestrian center, complete with giant spinning pinwheels and baby pink marshmallow-y poufs. Inside the airy, loft-like venue, a trippy video featuring Pharrell on the drums and music by French artist Sébastian Teller opened the show.
“In this new collection, there are suits, long dresses like Mademoiselle Chanel imagined them in the 1930s: fitted to the body even though they have strong shoulders here, and pleated dresses like the wedding dress for instance,” Chanel creative director Virginie Viard said in a press release. “And lace too, inlaid, reworked, not embroidered, but repainted. The palette consists of bright green, khaki, beige, pink, lots of black and silver.”
The pieces the house sent down the runway paid homage to the equestrian center in which the show took place, with some models complementing the feminine attire with wide-brim hats and chunky cowboy boots. The first look, a bold kelly green jacket and skirt, set the decidedly casual tone for what followed, including a long metallic coat, office-ready co-ord sets, and capri-style pants.
As the parade of models continued, the clothes became more formal; a form-fitting floor-length pleated dress with two buttoned front pockets stood out, as did the final look: a white strapless wedding gown, worn by model Jill Kortleve and accessorized with a white head bow and a boho-chic embroidered shawl—the perfect ensemble for a rhinestone cowgirl wedding.