Chanel Introduces the Idea of a Bridal Bathing Suit at Paris Spring-Summer 2019 Couture Fashion Week


Vittoria Ceretti Chanel Reinvents the Wedding Dress as a ... Swimsuit
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2019 in Paris, France. Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Here comes the bride, all dressed in a … swimsuit? Chanel closed out its Mediterranean-inspired spring-summer 2019 haute couture fashion show in Paris on Tuesday, January 22, with a bridal bathing suit and swim cap look that takes the beach wedding dress code to new sartorial heights.

Despite the snowy weather in the City of Lights, the French fashion house turned the Grand Palais into an Italian villa, with guests sitting poolside in a garden as models paraded through the sunny oasis in pastel cocktail dresses and brightly colored tweed suits. But Karl Lagerfeld and his team undoubtedly saved the best for last with their unexpected bridal-meets-beachwear creation.

While beach weddings may conjure up images of boho-chic brides in flowy dresses, this Chanel bride was all about the glam. Model Vittoria Ceretti strutted around the pool in a sparkling one-piece bathing suit with ab-baring cutouts. The spaghetti-strap style featured a scoopy neckline with pink and blue-beaded embellishment to complement the white and silver-sequined base.

Vittoria Ceretti Chanel Reinvents the Wedding Dress as a ... Swimsuit
Vittoria Ceretti walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019 fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2019 in Paris, France. SAVIKO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Coco Chanel knew better than anyone that accessories make the outfit — ahem, swimsuit — and so the model sported a matching swim cap (there must be something in the water because Amber Heard rocked a Valentino version of the retro style to the Aquaman premiere late last year) and cathedral-length silver veil that will forever put all other bridal headpieces to shame.

Oh, and then there were the slip-on heels that may not be practical for a sandy locale, but what is practicality when we’re talking about couture? Velvety skin, a sultry red lip and dark smokey eyes finished off the bathing beauty bridal look that can only be described as très chic.

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