Yesterday in Paris, Chanel brought the seaside to the Grand Palais for its newest collection. Presented in an immersive beach set—complete with lapping waves, sand, seagulls, and an azure sky—the house dreamed up a luminous setting for ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2019 pieces that allowed us to live out the summer vibes for just a little longer. There were a variety of versatile pieces that could be worn from day to night. We saw sweet details plucked from the ocean, like embroideries of sand and seashells, plumetis over tweed, and a parasol print on chiffon.
A color palette of sand, beige, yellow, beige, blue, and mother-of-pearl white trickled down the runway as relaxing beachy music played. Karl Lagerfeld reimagined the cabin dress as a beach hut dress, or “robes cabanes,” in lace ruffles or pink tweed; white vest dresses were in white or featuring embroidered sequined parasols in sandy shades—some knotted around the chest; outfits shined with necklace straps made of seashells; a cage dress in black chiffon bursts with sequined palm trees; airy oversized tunics hung open at the back; and waterproof coats welcomed those once-dreaded sun showers.
More eye-catching exquisiteness poured from the accessories. Double visor caps ensured protection from UV-rays, while wide-brimmed hats trail the horizon as the sun begins to fall. Mules, with small plexiglass heels or cork soles, were paired with the precious beach looks, emphasizing a sense of cool relaxation on a warm night.
11.12 bags were in tweed, braided, or with parasol embroidery, while the BOY CHANEL bag returned as a saddlebag in leather and tweed patchwork. We also made note of Lagerfeld’s Side Packs, crossed over each hip; multicolor net bags; Flap Bags in terrycloth or with an XL bead handle; and beach bags—large and in denim or straw; leather and wicker camera cases. To complete the laid-back sophistication, layers and layers of pendants, beaded necklaces, and XXL-sized cuff bracelets were seen dripping from a handful of looks—a luxury only a Chanel girl in the shade would know.