Chanel rides the ‘New Wave’ in Paris
Fashion mingles with farce after supermodel Gigi Hadid confronts a gatecrashing prankster in stunning finale
Chanel Fashion Collection
Chanel unveils its collection at the 2020 Women's Spring-Summer fashion show at the Grand Palais in Paris.
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Farce mingled with fashion during Chanel’s collection in Paris this week.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid was forced to confront a gatecrasher after the prankster walked unchecked onto the catwalk with the models for the big finale.
French comedian Marie Benoliel ran from her seat and joined the models as they did their last strut along a spectacular set recreating the rooftops of Paris inside the Grand Palais.
With security guards left floundering, Hadid confronted the daring infiltrator as she tried to further upstage the models, with the two facing off on the set.
Benoliel, a comic and YouTuber known as Marie S’Infiltre (Marie Sneaks In), was dressed from head to toe in a black and white Chanel-like houndstooth tweed suit and hat.
She had gatecrashed Etam’s lingerie show earlier in Paris fashion week wearing silver underwear and a sleeping mask.
After her Chanel stunt, she took to Instagram to declare: “Marie S’Infiltre strikes again!”
Guards only realized that she had joined the models when it was too late to intervene.
“I couldn’t stop laughing because the hapless security guards couldn’t spot her in the line-up,” New York Times fashion writer Elizabeth Paton, who had been on the front row, said.
Chanel revealed that the woman had taken them by surprise but that “this is not the first time that she has done this.”
“We are not going to make a drama out of it,” a Chanel spokeswoman added. “We would have preferred if it hadn’t happened.”
Earlier, Chanel designer Virginie Viard had turned the clock back in her spring-summer show, with a battalion of models channeling the insouciant sophistication of 1960s socialites.
She used Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart and the mold-breaking French ‘New Wave’ films of the 1960s as her inspiration.
“The rooftops of Paris evoke the ‘New Wave’ for me,” she said. “I thought of Kristen Stewart playing Jean Seberg and all the actresses that Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel dressed at the time,” she added, referring to the brand’s founder.
Stewart played Seberg, the star of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film Breathless which launched the ‘New Wave’, in a new biopic premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month.
– reporting by AFP