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Chanel's new collection is all about the 'ski spirit'

At the Paris Fashion Week, the French luxury label presented clothes that combined the ambience of ski holidays with Parisian chic

Virginie Viard takes a bow with her models as she presents Chanel’s AW 21 collection (Photo: Instagram/ChanelOfficial) (HT_PRINT)

Ski lifts may be closed in France due to covid-19 restrictions, but Chanel recreated a winter resort ambiance with a collection featuring quilted salopettes and faux fur boots fit for a night out after hitting the slopes.

The French luxury label, unable, like rivals, this season to present a catwalk show to a live audience for Paris Fashion Week due to the pandemic, unveiled its looks for next winter in a film.

Flitting between black and white sequences shot on the streets of Paris to bursts of colour from the dance floor of Castel, a nightclub favoured by the fashion crowd, Chanel presented an eclectic mix of styles and fabrics.

Designer Virginie Viard said in show notes she was inspired by contrasts, and the collection featured chunky coats paired with sheer dresses and body suits as well as bandeau tops in the brand's traditional tweed.

The ski theme infused looks throughout, from knitted sweaters with snowflake motifs to the woollen beanie hats sported by some models, adorned with camellias, another Chanel emblem.

"This collection is a mix of two influences: the ambience of ski holidays, which I adore, and a certain idea of cool Parisian chic, from the 1970s to now," Viard said in a statement.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Castel became a go-to celebrity nightspot, attracting the likes of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and actress Catherine Deneuve. Late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld also hosted parties at the club.

The Chanel models were filmed touching up their make-up and leaving their coats in the cloakroom in Castel's narrow carpeted halls. Nightclubs and bars have been closed for months in France under covid-19 restrictions.

Other looks in the collection included shearling-style jackets and oversized trousers with a chevron pattern, while some styles were pimped up with sequins, including a pair of baggy jeans.

Paris Fashion Week runs till 10 March.

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