Virginie Viard’s Fall/Winter 2021-22 Haute Couture collection for Chanel was inspired by that magical moment where the worlds of fashion and art collide.
Presented at the Palais Galliera, City of Paris Fashion Museum it was bold bright and beautiful; like a painting. The museum is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel so what better destination to show this collection.
It made perfect sense for this show, bursting with colours, to be held at the Palais Galliera, City of Paris Fashion Museum, a veritable institution of art and fashion, where the exhibition dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel continues. “Because I love seeing colour in the greyness of winter,” said Virginie Viard. “I really wanted a particularly colourful collection that was very embroidered, something warm.”
She continued: “It was when I rediscovered these portraits of Gabrielle Chanel dressed up in black or white 1880s-style dresses, that I immediately thought about tableaux,” explains Virginie Viard. “Works by Berthe Morisot, Marie Laurencin and Édouard Manet. There are impressionist-inspired dresses, skirts that look like paintings and a long white satin dress punctuated with black bows like Morisot’s…”
There were of course key Chanel pillars throughout the designs. Tweed came in colourful hues, tulle skirts added femininity and classic box blazer jackets and skirt suits were juxtaposed with floaty fabrics of dresses.
Like an Impressionist painting, the sequinned tweed of a coat seems to be made up of a multitude of paint strokes. Blouses embroidered with mauve and pink sequinned motifs, or with little red, blue and yellow daisies on a black background, are tucked into low-waisted skirts in multicolour striped tweed. Pale pink and yellow tulle pompoms embellish a black paletot jacket, just like splashes of paint.
“There are dresses embroidered with water lilies, a jacket in a black tweed crafted from feathers with red and pink flowers,” says Virginie Viard. “I was also thinking about English gardens. I like to mix a touch of England with a very French style. It’s like blending the masculine and the feminine, which is what I’ve done with this collection too. That twist is very much a part of who I am.”
See more of the collection below: