Chanel presented its Fall-Winter 2020/21 Haute Couture collection via a digital platform today.
Designed by Creative Director Virginie Viard this collection was inspired by a punk princess coming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn. She is elegant and beautiful with a confident, eccentric edge. She said: “I was thinking about a punk princess coming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn. With a taffeta dress, big hair, feathers and lots of jewellery. This collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel. Karl would go to ‘Le Palace’, he would accompany these very sophisticated and very dressed up women, who were very eccentric too.”
These looks embrace glamour and opulence, seeing classic fabrics adorned with sequins, strass, stones and beads. Many of the looks were presented accompanied by Chanel High Jewellery pieces.
The collection was a vast comparison to the last Haute Couture offering from Viard which was much more stripped back, focused on simplicity. “I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity, sophistication.” Viard Said.
All of Chanel’s embroidery partners, including the Métiers d’art Lesage and Montex, as well as Lemarié and Goossens have contributed to the precious tweeds embellished with sequins, strass, stones and beads. A diamond-like braiding adorns the ink black trouser suits. Short dresses with cinched waists and corolla skirts rustle alongside long dresses with a very Grand Siècle allure and the noble authority of heroines escaping from 19th century tableaux.
Black and anthracite grey tonalities are illuminated with flashes of pink. Painted laces enrich bolero jackets along with tweeds made of silver-streaked ribbon; a jacket with an entirely smocked waist is worn over tapered boot-trousers in black suede, the ultimate sign of an ultra-rock romanticism.
“For me, Haute Couture is romantic by its very essence. There is so much love in each one of these silhouettes.” Viard concluded.