PARIS (Reuters) – Chanel on Tuesday transported guests from the bling of fashion week to a herb-filled cloister garden where models showed off demure looks in black, white and grey in a nod to founder Coco Chanel’s early years in a nunnery.
The designer, who started her clothing label in 1910, spent several years at the Aubazine abbey in the south-west of France as a teenager after her mother died. She learned to sew at Aubazine, which was run by nuns as an orphanage.
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The nuns’ black and white habits – two recurring colours in Chanel’s repertoire and present in the looks on the runway at Paris’ Grand Palais exhibition hall on Tuesday – are said to have inspired the young designer.
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