Haute Couture week has commenced in Paris, kicking off with iconic French Maison, Chanel. Virginie Viard, creative director of the luxury fashion house, presented her second collection for the brand since the passing of Karl Lagerfeld. In this haute couture collection, Viard takes inspiration from Coco Chanel’s childhood where she grew up in an orphanage in the late 19th century. Hence, it features “school girl” aesthetics such as elements like uniforms, monochrome dressing and Puritan collars. The Grand Palais was transformed into a garden, complete with a stone fountain and shrubbery.
As the collection drew inspiration from the Aubazine orphanage, there was understandably a sombre aura to the beautiful tweed suits and laced gowns that came down the runway. As the orphanage was located in an area that is renowned for its churches and religious monuments, the pieces were elegantly modest, mostly in black and white. Check out our top picks of the best looks from the collection below: