Continuing with the Haute Couture shows this week, today I started my day with another of the brands I absolutely love: Chanel! This season, Chanel’s creative director Virginie Viard was hearing wedding bells on the rue Cambon. As she explained, she knew they couldn’t organise a big show, so she came up with the idea of a small cortege that would come down the stairs of the Grand Palais and pass beneath arches of flowers. Like a family celebration, a wedding. She said there was that spirit at Chanel at the show. Because Chanel is also like a family.
I loved the inspiration behind the collection and the idea of coming together as a family and finally be able to reunite with joy. Who does not want to celebrate with their families after these uncertain times? The whole atmosphere reflected a more bohemian style filled with freedom and the spirit of summer evening parties.
Some of my personal favorites were a fairytale ballgown in pale pink with delicate pompom embroidery, another was a gown that combined a mini dress with an integrated cape and long removable skirt in lace made of white daisies, both looks were completed with white fishnets andtwo-tone Mary-Jane shoes with a double strap in the style of the shoes worn by tango dancers.
I certainly enjoyed the more wearable looks like a tailored skirt suit in tweed and highlighted with a bright yellow silk blouse; also, I loved a tiny tweed coat dress in white with front pockets matched with sunglasses, very much inspired in Jacqueline Onassis. There was a masculine-feminine side to the silhouettes like a look of trousers and bolero with silvery embroidered by Vernoux.
We witnessed a lot of flounces, petticoats, big tulle skirts brought into the real world when paired with white boyfriend shirts and singlets of crocheted chiffon worked by the embroidery house of Montex. And as there is no wedding without a bride, Chanel proposal was one inspired in the 20s, with her veil, long coat dress in ecru satin crêpe with a train, embroidered by Lesage with strass and pearl butterflies, plus a wing collar and shirt cuffs. Simple dreamy and extraordinary chic!
“I’m always thinking about what women would like to have in their wardrobe today,” concluded Virginie Viard. She certainly knows what I would LOVE to have in mine!