Fashion week is an activity best done in pairs. At least, that seems to be the philosophy of punk rock heiress Frances Bean Cobain and her mom Courtney Love, who have appeared front row at shows including Givenchy, Enfants Riches Déprimées, and Gareth Pugh, and at a host of fashion week parties including those of Burberry and Marc Jacobs. And midday Tuesday in Paris, the inseparable mother-daughter duo stepped out together yet again in their own grunge takes on Chanel for Karl Lagerfeld’s futuristic Spring 2017 show. The usual suspects were also in attendance: Lily-Rose Depp, the new face of Chanel No. 5 L’eau, French musician Soko, and model Caroline De Maigret, all in their own interpretations of the Chanel look. Yet perhaps no one demonstrated the breadth of that look better than Cobain, whose embellished, bell-sleeved dress was a counterpoint to all the tweed — and all the twee — in the audience.
Who: Frances Bean Cobain.
When: Tuesday, October 4.
Where: Front row at Chanel Spring 2017, which was held at Paris’s Grand Palais, reimagined as a futuristic server farm — complete with models in space-age stormtrooper helmets.
What: A Chanel Resort 2017 dress with a bronze-and-red crystal-embellished bodice, silk chiffon bell sleeves, and a pleated, muted ombre skirt in blue, blush pink, and black.
Why: On the runway, this look was worn with beach-ready pearl and rope woven slides. Here, Cobain makes it her own with a pair of dark suede boots, a heavy juxtaposition against the floaty silk layers of her dress. (In a recent video she posted to Instagram, Cobain proves just how floaty it really is — “Flying Birds,” she captioned.) While Cobain’s look tends towards ’90s grunge, much like her mom, here, she embraces a more ’70s, boho look, albeit a bit of a witchy one: It’s still topped off with a choker and a slept-in looking eyeliner.