Chanel Brings the Beach to the Runway

Fashion doesn’t have to mean anything. Sometimes we look too hard for it when it just isn’t there. Sometimes fashion is just pure fun and fantasy, and this is what Karl Lagerfeld served for his beach-themed spring 2019 collection for Chanel.
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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The set wizards at Chanel brought a boardwalk, lifeguards, and a whole actual ocean with waves lapping along a sandy shore inside the Grand Palais. How on earth they pulled this off I can hardly imagine but it must have been very expensive. But this is Chanel and this is luxury!

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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Models walked along the beach barefoot and then slipped into clear PVC double C logo slides as they walked up the stairs by the photo pit, to finish their runway walks along a boardwalk. Some models carried their shoes along the beach, while others were clipped to their bags.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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The clothes were fun, just as a beach vacation in the South of France should be. There were tweeds of course, but they were less buttoned up, and more beach cover-up.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain

Lagerfeld leaned into a retro logo-mania, with brightly colored cardigans and ’80s prints.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain

He leaned into the late ’80s/early ’90s revival with blazers and bike shorts.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain

The beach theme carried over to accessories, with beach ball and terry cloth bags, as well as gaudy-in-a-good-way logo crystal earrings and belts.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain

The show also proposed a new way for wearing a bag: wear two at a time.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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At the end, Karl Lagerfeld came out from a thatched roof beach hut to surveil his empire.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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He seemed pleased.

Chanel : Runway - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019
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