Gathered tops, pleated blouses and light dresses feature balloon sleeves puffed up with countless bows and flounces embroidered with raffia strands and organza petals. This highly refined shoulder shape enhances the silhouette and reflects the unparalleled expertise of the Rue Cambon ateliers.
Making their way across the Paris rooftops using walkways and small flights of steps, the models appear wearing mini-shorts made of very fine jersey, belted with stone-set chains. They are worn with black legging-like tights, giving a dynamic look that is counterbalanced by sandals and tops scattered with metallic sequins.
Cascades of flounces, a sophisticated detail of the Spring-Summer 2020 collection, set off collars and cuffs and give them a lighter-than-air feel. Long, diaphanous midnight blue dresses have flounced collars and shirred cuffs, sometimes accented by delicate cuff bracelets. White blouses in fine knit have smocked lower sleeves extending into roundelays of sculpted broderie anglaise flounces.
Pale pink echoing the pearly grey of Paris’ zinc-clad rooftops makes its appearance in the Spring-Summer 2020 collection. It is seen in silk pleated flounces, tulle braids, feathered plumes and delicately tiered raffia on tank tops and long skirts wafting gracefully as the models pass by. Metallic on shorts, more vivid on tweed pieces, and powdery on satin skirts, this pink comes in a range of subtle variants that illuminate the collection.
Made from satin, a smooth, glossy material, this season’s skirts are high-waisted. Short circle skirts, skater skirts with rounded pleats and wraparound balloon skirts are delicately ruched to increase their volume and movement. They create a rounded outline set off by a waistline accented with a double boutonnière or highlighted with a belt.
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The Spring-Summer 2020 collection stands out for its fluidity, with flared or flounced skirts bouncing along the Paris rooftops reconstructed to form the setting of the show. Crafted from darkest black organza with a pearly sheen, these slightly see-through pieces are paired with delicate pleated tops or balloon-sleeve blouses accented with small bows. Their graceful, free-flowing outlines are expressed in the contrasting black and white palette so emblematic of CHANEL.
The letters of CHANEL have been transformed into a multi-coloured motif in blue, pink and black. This new typography emblazons wide pleated skirts, a coat that extends into a diaphanous petticoat-like skirt, and light silk ensembles with flared pants. The shaded letters are repeated and mixed together, blurring the lines and syllables. They interlace to form geometric patterns referencing the architecture of the Paris rooftops that inspired the Spring-Summer 2020 collection.