Chanel FW 24/25 Haute Couture: Feminine Grandeur

Following the departure of Virginie Viard, the Chanel studio team took to the Palais Garnier to present the house's haute couture collection.

Few buildings in this world are as classically theatrical and romantic as Palais Garnier, the sumptuous Paris Opera building where Chanel presented its Fall-Winter 24/25 haute couture collection.

Chanel is a patron of the Paris Opera, and from the first look, it was clear this was a collection that would match the palace’s sense of grandeur. The first and last models wore billowing taffeta capes that danced along the floor as they walked. It was an overwhelmingly feminine collection, with embellished skirt suits and dresses styled with black pumps – silhouettes the guests knew well, judging by their outfits, only, more sparkly. The cast was fresh faced with dark eyebrows, their hair pulled back tight and tied in a black bow. All very dainty.

Then came the bride – an ‘80s-style taffeta sleeves and skirt, and a corset richly embroidered with flowers. She finished her walk on the palace’s grand staircase, where the rest of the cast soon joined her. Guests promptly jumped from their seats to take photos from the balconies above. And while the world waits to learn who will replace the recently departed creative director Virginie Viard, today’s show was an entertaining prelude to a big reveal still to come.

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