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Chanel Haute Couture’s spring-summer 2020 collection reimagines Gabrielle Chanel’s childhood

After the death of her mother in 1895, Gabrielle Chanel was sent to the orphanage Abbey of Aubazine in Correze. This place and time became the inspiration of Chanel Haute Couture’s spring-summer 2020 collection.

Exploring the paradox between sophistication and simplicity, the collection brings together the architectural elements of Aubazine and Gabrielle’s boarding experience.

Dresses of two-tone wool and tweed, flat pleats and braided belts echo the school life of a young Gabrielle. Graphic motifs and embroidery of suits, skirts and dresses reflect stained glass windows and paving stones.

This formality gives way to a graceful lightness with featherweight dresses, taffeta capes and an elegant wedding dress to finish off the show.

See our favourite looks from the collection below.

Dior Haute Couture’s 2020 spring-summer collection celebrates the Divine Feminine

Shimmering metallics and Grecian silhouettes took centre stage at Dior Haute Couture’s spring-summer 2020 collection launch.

A question of “what if women ruled the world?”, raised by artist Judy Chicago, was the driving force behind the collection.

Embracing the complexities of femininity, the collection paired soft, delicate colours with masculine fabric, brought to life with intense golds and rich textures. Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri played with drapery and twisted fabric on chiffon gowns, with silk, fringed dresses carefully detailed with braided thread.

The set, specially designed by Judy Chicago, served as the backdrop of the show, with guests led into a massive, sculpted chamber, reminiscent of the female silhouette.

See the must-see looks from the collection below.