Today, on the last day of Paris Fashion Week, it was Chanel’s turn to dazzle us. And girl, they did it!
Virginie Viard conceived this collection as a tribute to the fashion house’s muses, with whom she hasn’t been able to have much contact due to what is currently happening in the world (did you know that Paris will close bars and cafes for 14 days, after declaring a maximum alert for the spread of the virus? Many of us expected that, by now, the situation would be more stable). The creative director fondly remembers all those actresses who were dressed by Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.
The image Virginie was inspired by is magnificent: the red carpet, the actresses in stunning dresses and the audience around them; meanwhile, the photographers try to attract the stars’ attention, who, distracted, pose for posterity. Without a doubt, cinema is in the heart of this Spring/Summer 2021 collection. You just have to look at the wonderful CHANEL letters displayed during the catwalk (and inspired by the iconic Hollywood sign, of course) to understand the path of glamour and beauty that Virginie decided to take on this occasion.
The maison’s iconic silhouettes, patterns and colors are here. But Virginie Viard didn’t settle for the traditional: fluorescent jeans, t-shirts and dresses with prints that say CHANEL just as neon signs couldn’t better represent a night in Hollywood or Sunset Boulevard. A night of chic experiences, with fashion as the main character.
Although black and white predominate in this collection, in tweed suits and dresses with tiny flower patterns or in transparent fabrics that repeat Chanel over and over again, in vaporous cloaks and creating delicate skirts, we also have pale pink in capri pants, coats or sequin embroidery, adding a perfect balance to the color palette.
Virginie wanted to accompany this collection with a series of images that close this catwalk of super cinematographic garments with a flourish: Rianne Van Rompaey, Mica Argañaraz and Louise de Chevigny were recorded and photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, in a quite Nouvelle Vague atmosphere, creating a Chanel world that I would love to live in.
I can’t wait to have my favorite looks from this collection in my closet. And while that happens, do you want to know what I loved the most? I leave it down here.