On Tuesday morning in Paris, the Grand Palais was transformed into a sprawling, multi-floor library for the Fall 2019 Chanel Couture show — Virginie Viard's couture debut for the French house. Both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld were avid readers, book lovers and collectors, so the set was a fitting tribute by the newly appointed creative director, as was the easy, elegant collection filled with classic Chanel tweeds, Edwardian silhouettes and plenty of bookish charm.
Despite this being a couture show, much of the offering seemed primed for everyday wear, particularly the tweed overcoats, roomy pleated trousers, flat loafer-style shoes, skirt suits and oversized wire-framed spectacles. Historical elements like high collars, puffed sleeves, bow ties and voluminous skirts popped up throughout, but they didn't take away from the collection's overall modernity.
Aside from some embroidery and feathers on a selection of looks, the eveningwear was largely minimal — most often just nipped-in at the waist with a belt. There was a leisure element that stood out this season too: From a navy silk robe coat to the final baby pink look that was essentially a tiered, textured formal pajama set, these are the sorts of feminine, unfussy clothes that women are willing to pay a pretty penny for.
See the full Chanel Couture Fall 2019 collection in the gallery below.