The Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2023 show began with a festive parade of wooden and paper sculptures created by artist Xavier Veilhan. Marking his third collaboration with Virginie Viard and set in an imagined city square within the Grand Palais Ephémère, the animal-centric show came complete with moving horses, elephants and camels from which models stepped out in short tweed sets and coat dresses.
The bestiary motifs—think kittens, corgis, rabbits and swallows embellishments—were embriodered onto the garments themselves, exemplifying the maison’s artful attention to detail with intricate beading and embellishments that perfectly catch the light.
Dresses and jumpsuits, crafted in silk tulle, taffeta, organza, georgette crepe and chantilly lace evoked a sense of lightness, backed up by Felix’s techno “Don’t You Want Me” from 1992. For the finale, the Chanel bride walked the runway in a breathtaking swallow-embroidered dress.
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G-Dragon, Kim Go-eun, Tilda Swinton, and more esteemed guests gathered to take their front row seats at the show.