chanel paris fashion week gallery: For the first time in recently recorded Chanel history, its show wasn’t framed by a grand thematising set. Instead, Virginie Viard erected a curved line of simple white islets that formed a mirrored runway. “I don’t like framing,” she said in a statement, breaking with tradition. You could apply that sentiment to a collection. Which defiantly departed from the subdued minimalism of her haute couture proposal last month. But also operated freely within its own existence. In other words, Viard was letting loose, mixing and matching and clashing and Channeling her way through the archives. It was an exuberant and emancipated demonstration of her dominion, now a year into her directorship, which felt playfully improvised.
“A very simple, very pure momentum. Romanticism but without any flourishes. Emotions but without any frills,” Viard reflected. Her intentions rang truer for the vibe you get from the runway pictures than the real-life show experience. Live, in the Grand Palais, the collection was jaunty, even bubbly, full of a nostalgic joie de vivre that landed. Despite a soundtrack referencing French film soundtracks from the 1970s, curated by Planningtorock and commissioned by Michel Gaubert. Somewhere between the late 1980s and early 1990s. That time is embodied by Anna Wintour’s first cover for American Vogue, for November 1988, which famously featured a softly shoulder padded Christian Lacroix haute couture top with a large Byzantine cross embellishment (worn with denim trousers, sacre bleu!).
That cross, of course, echoed those that Fulco di Verdura encrusted on jewellery commissioned by Coco Chanel in the 1930s, which re-emerged on tops in the collection. All roads lead to Rome, and for Viard, to home; to Paris. In a bourgeois season, her take on those inimitable French middle-class codes evoked many of the quirky touches so connected to Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, which some of Viard’s initial gestures had painted a departure from last year. “I love Chanel so much,” she effused, “this collection could only be a new ode.”
In this new Guardian Age of the maison, it seems we have to expect the unexpected: a Chanel full of polite surprises, which, this season, hinted at a dialogue with the times as well. Some models walked the runway side by side, chatting up a storm, while Viard made subtle connections with current debates in gentle steps towards body and age positive casting
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List : Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020: Chanel
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