Virginie Viard is working on Chanel’s cruise collection during the coronavirus lockdown.
The 58-year-old took over the luxury French label after the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February last year, and has been living at her countryside retreat since the country’s president Emmanuel Macron announced restrictions on people’s movement in March to stop the spread of the virus.
While Viard has been missing going to work at Chanel’s studio in Paris, she’s glad she has been able to keep in touch with her team and work on the cruise collection remotely during lockdown.
“I miss going to work, I especially miss the studio,” she told Vogue.com. “Within the world of Chanel, it is certainly one of my favourite things. I have been going there for over 30 years… to me it has never been an ordinary workplace.
“I was able to progress on the themes of the cruise collection before the outbreak; all the details are clear in my head and we are perfectly aligned with the teams. I speak with them daily to continue to exchange ideas, discuss projects, and obviously make sure everyone is well. I have worked with my team for so long; we have such strong relationships and understanding. I have no doubt we will be able to find new ways of working, depending on the evolution of the situation.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the designer said she would be focusing on changing her working environment and routine after restrictions are lifted and the fashion industry begins to get back to normal.
“I feel truthfulness and a realness will be leading me going forward. I will be focusing on the essential and even though I know it will be different, I am confident it will still be good,” she shared.
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