Chanel presents ’80s-inspired couture

Chanel served up punk princess vibes for its new couture collection on Tuesday.Showing on the second day of digital Paris Couture Week, Virginie Viard presented a line full of punky party dresses, reimagined tweed looks and billowing ball gowns. Viard,…

Chanel served up punk princess vibes for its new couture collection on Tuesday.

Showing on the second day of digital Paris Couture Week, Virginie Viard presented a line full of punky party dresses, reimagined tweed looks and billowing ball gowns.

Viard, the successor of Chanel legend Karl Lagerfeld, explained how the late designer was at the forefront of her thoughts when she created the showstopping looks.

“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,” she wrote in the show notes. “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.”

The 30 designs are a world away from Chanel’s spring couture offerings, which had much sleeker and straighter silhouettes.

“I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity, sophistication,” she said.

Standout looks from the fall collection include a sumptuous tiered, black, long-sleeved dress worn by Adut Akech which looked straight out of the ’80s, a floor-length dress in an opulent teal hue featuring dramatic sleeves, and a silver scalloped dress with a neat peplum.

“It’s an eccentric girl with a touch of the ’80s. I wanted something joyful,” Viard told WWD. “It makes me think of images I have of (Lagerfeld) with friends before I knew him, when he would often host balls, dinner and parties. People would really dress up.”

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