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Chanel Paris Fashion Week show goes on despite rise in Covid-19 cases and new restrictions

Fashionistas flocked to the Chanel Paris Fashion Week show today despite a recent rise in Covid-19 cases that has seen tighter restrictions introduced across the city.

French actress Marion Cotillard and Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, led the glamour as the style set gathered to watch the Hollywood-inspired showcase beneath the domed glass roof of the Grand Palais. 

Guests, all wearing face coverings, perched on stools placed farther apart than the shoulder-to-shoulder spacing typically seen on the front row of major fashion shows. Reuters reports that the show was socially-distanced, however the attendees looked to be in the hundreds.

It comes after French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert following a rapid increase in the number of infections. From today, all bars will be closed and restaurants are only allowed to remain open if they adhere to the ‘rule of six’, close at 10pm and maintain 3ft social distancing between guests.  

Rules still allow for a maximum of 1,000 guests to gather at major events taking place this week, including Paris Fashion Week and the French Open. It is not known how many people attended the Chanel show.  

Fashionistas today flocked to the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week despite a recent spike in Covid-19 cases that has seen the city’s bars closed. Pictured, guests don face masks as they watch the show from socially-distant stools

The style set gathered for showcase in the cavernous setting of the Grand Palais. Pictured, models on the catwalk

The style set gathered for showcase in the cavernous setting of the Grand Palais. Pictured, models on the catwalk 

Reuters reports that the show was socially-distanced, with seating (pictured above, before guests arrived) spaced out, however the attendees looked to be in the hundreds

Reuters reports that the show was socially-distanced, with seating (pictured above, before guests arrived) spaced out, however the attendees looked to be in the hundreds

Guests, all wearing face coverings, perched on stools placed further apart than the shoulder-to-shoulder spacing typically seen on the front row of major fashion shows. Pictured, a view of the catwalk and guests at the Grand Palais

Guests, all wearing face coverings, perched on stools placed further apart than the shoulder-to-shoulder spacing typically seen on the front row of major fashion shows. Pictured, a view of the catwalk and guests at the Grand Palais

Guests wore masks in the audience of the fashion show and stools were spaced farther apart than usual

Guests wore masks in the audience of the fashion show and stools were spaced farther apart than usual

French actress Marion Cotillard (pictured) led the glamour

Lily-Rose Depp at the show today

French actress Marion Cotillard and Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, led the glamour as the style set as they gathered to watch the Hollywood-inspired showcase beneath the domed glass roof of the Grand Palais

Paris police prefect Didier Lallement announced the new restrictions would apply at least for the next two weeks.

‘We are continuously adapting to the reality of the virus. We are taking measures to slow down (its spread),’ he said.

French authorities consider bars to be major infection hot spots because patrons don’t respect social distancing rules as much as they do at restaurants.

Starting on Tuesday, bars will be closed in Paris and its suburbs. Student parties and all other festive and family events in establishments open to the public will be banned. 

Restaurants will remain open under strict conditions. They include a minimum one-meter (three-foot) distance between each table, groups limited to six people instead of 10 previously, and a request to register customers’ names and phone numbers to help alert those who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus . 

Rules still allow for a maximum of 1,000 guests to gather at major events taking place this week, including Paris Fashion Week and the French Open. It is no known how many people attended today's Chanel showcase (pictured)

Rules still allow for a maximum of 1,000 guests to gather at major events taking place this week, including Paris Fashion Week and the French Open. It is no known how many people attended today’s Chanel showcase (pictured)

It comes after French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert following a rapid increase in the number of infections. Pictured, models walk the catwalk

It comes after French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert following a rapid increase in the number of infections. Pictured, models walk the catwalk

From today, all bars will be closed and restaurants are only allowed to remain open if they adhere to the 'rule of six', close at 10pm and maintain 3ft social distancing between guests. Pictured, models wear the new collection as they walk the catwalk together

From today, all bars will be closed and restaurants are only allowed to remain open if they adhere to the ‘rule of six’, close at 10pm and maintain 3ft social distancing between guests. Pictured, models wear the new collection as they walk the catwalk together

Indoor sport facilities, including swimming pools, will only be open to children aged under 18. Gyms are already closed. Cinemas, theaters and museums will remain open with strict sanitary rules. 

The director of the Regional Health Authority, Aurelien Rousseau, said about 3,500 new cases of infection are confirmed on average each day in the Paris region, and 36 per cent of ICU beds in the area are occupied by COVID-19 patients.   

Chanel’s latest outing showcased inspiration drawn from Hollywood’s 1950s heyday – with a French touch.

Chanel's latest outing showcased inspiration drawn from Hollywood's 1950s heyday - with a French touch. Pictured, models strut across the catwalk in front of the guests

Chanel’s latest outing showcased inspiration drawn from Hollywood’s 1950s heyday – with a French touch. Pictured, models strut across the catwalk in front of the guests

Excited guests were spotted wearing face coverings while watching the striking models pose along the Chanel catwalk

Excited guests were spotted wearing face coverings while watching the striking models pose along the Chanel catwalk

Fashion labels are only just returning to the catwalk, after shows were cancelled over the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in Paris only the major luxury brands pressed ahead with physical events. Pictured, guests eagerly snap photographs of the models as they pose across the catwalk

Fashion labels are only just returning to the catwalk, after shows were cancelled over the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in Paris only the major luxury brands pressed ahead with physical events. Pictured, guests eagerly snap photographs of the models as they pose across the catwalk

Models (pictured) wore tweed jackets over silky shorts, while shift dresses included details such as pockets on the back. The collection also featured dashes of bubblegum pink and logo-heavy pyjama style tops

Models (pictured) wore tweed jackets over silky shorts, while shift dresses included details such as pockets on the back. The collection also featured dashes of bubblegum pink and logo-heavy pyjama style tops

Models stomped past a massive ‘Chanel’ sign inspired by the Hollywood sign above Los Angeles

The fashion pack had their phones out to capture the latest designs as the models strutted down the catwalk

The fashion pack had their phones out to capture the latest designs as the models strutted down the catwalk 

Models parade down the vast catwalk to mark the end of the Chanel spring/summer 2020 show in Paris today

Models parade down the vast catwalk to mark the end of the Chanel spring/summer 2020 show in Paris today 

A short film released before the show paid tribute to actresses such as Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider who caught the eye of American directors but also starred in French classics at the time.

Looks included off-the-shoulder evening gowns and feathered black-and-white dresses, while designer Virginie Viard – who took over last year from the late Karl Lagerfeld – brought out new twists on Chanel’s classic tweed suits.

Models wore tweed jackets over silky shorts, while shift dresses included trompe l’oeil details such as pockets on the back. The collection also featured dashes of bubblegum pink and logo-heavy pyjama style tops. 

Chanel would normally invite its clients from around the world to attend catwalk shows, though many were absent due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic.

Fashion labels are only just returning to the catwalk, after shows were cancelled over the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in Paris only the major luxury brands pressed ahead with physical events. 

The show was held in the vast Grand Palais in the centre of Paris, pictured, on the same day new restrictions are introduced

The show was held in the vast Grand Palais in the centre of Paris, pictured, on the same day new restrictions are introduced

Fashionistas looked on as models walked past in their final looks from the spring/summer 2020 show this afternoon

Fashionistas looked on as models walked past in their final looks from the spring/summer 2020 show this afternoon

Models looked elegant in the new season Chanel designs at the designer's Paris Fashion Week show

Models looked elegant in the new season Chanel designs at the designer’s Paris Fashion Week show

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