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S/ Was There: Backstage with Eva Green at CHANEL Spring 2020 Haute Couture

Eva Green

Once again, CHANEL transformed the vast canvas that is Grand Palais for its latest Haute Couture collection. The mise-en-scène referenced the cloister gardens at the convent where Gabrielle Chanel spent part of her childhood, and while the inspiration point sounds austere, the sun filled the venue beautifully and highlighted the foliage, creating an ethereal peaceful effect. The show was attended by brand ambassadors Pharrell, Anna Mouglasis, and G-Dragon, as well as friends of the house including Eva Green, who we caught up with after the show. Here, the French actor and model reveals her favourite looks from the collection, how Haute Couture inspires her, and how fashion empowers her.

What did you think about the show?

First of all, its taking place in this amazing location—my favourite location in Paris—which is the Grand Palais. I thought it was just perfect for the mood of the show, which took inspiration from a convent.”

What was your favourite look?

I loved the high collars, and the collars with the embellishments on them as well. There was a dress that was very white, fluid and dreamy—I love that. It was very timeless and very effortless, just beautiful. I love all the dresses—it was like pure poetry.”

As a creative person, how does Haute Couture inspire you?

It’s like theatre. All the time that Virginie Viard and her team are taking to make one dress, every dress is like a masterpiece or painting. It’s pure art.”

Why do you think CHANEL still resonates in such a big way?

“It’s such an iconic brand. It can be quite simple and unpretentious—cool with a little edge. They always brings something modern to it. It’s timeless.”

How does fashion empower you?

I don’t like following fashion for the sake of it. You have to feel comfortable and you don’t want anybody to impose a style on you. You have to trust your gut to feel like you’re centred and happy in your own skin.”