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Chanel Awes Paris Fashion Week Audience with a Tweed-Themed Show

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Paris Fashion Week concluded with one of its highly esteemed smash hits. A Chanel show that paid tribute to the quintessential tweed suit was a showstopper. The tweed-themed show awed guests, with squares of pink tweed given out as invitations and guest seats upholstered with tweed, with a collection of tweed dresses, coats, and suits on the runway. 

According to designer Virginie Viard, she visualized Coco Chanel—who would collect ferns, flowers, and heathers on strolls in the Scottish countryside—to use those as the layout for the color palette of her following collection. 

This season, Coco entered with an elegant garnish of Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales in the latest film Spencer by Pablo Larraín. The dazzling tweeds in the runway sported with short skirts and baubles with gilt buttons recollect the opening scene in which Stewart, who wore a Chanel-made wardrobe, sprints over a field full of mud in a tartan tweed blaze and pearl earrings. 

In 1924, Coco Chanel borrowed her first tweed jacket from her lover, the Duke of Westminster. Within a year, she created a name for the look, with a tweed skirt suit arriving in her Paris collection for the first time. That is the history of tweed and Chanel. 

Before, when Karl Lagerfeld was the head designer, all Chanel shows were a 15-minute fashion carnival ride, with guests absorbed in a spaceship launchpad one time and a Parisian cafe the following season. 

In 2019, when Viard took over, the shows were toned down and graceful in contrast. Her designs were a smash with customers, with a bullish average price surge of 71% on handbags over the last three years, radiating a cheerful ambiance on Chanel. 

The fashion industry has also been affected by the crisis going on in Ukraine as it revealed that a Russian designer had been removed from the Paris Fashion Week schedule. Meanwhile, Japanese casual wear retailer Uniqlo has stated that its 50 stores in Russia will remain open. 

Valentin Yudashkin’s digital show was dropped from the official Paris Fashion Week program following the designer’s reluctance to speak up about the war. 

“We have nothing against the Russian people, but we will not support or accept to have in our calendar those who support his [Putin’s] positions,” said the president of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, Ralph Toledano.

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