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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Chanel unveils Mediterranean-inspired cruise 20 collection

Chanel has served up the ultimate holiday wardrobe for its cruise 2020/21 collection.Unlike previous years in which the French luxury label has staged resort spectacles in stunning locales around the world, including in Saint-Tropez, Singapore, Venice,…

Chanel has served up the ultimate holiday wardrobe for its cruise 2020/21 collection.

Unlike previous years in which the French luxury label has staged resort spectacles in stunning locales around the world, including in Saint-Tropez, Singapore, Venice, and Havana, creative director Virginie Viard was forced to hold her latest show in Paris on Monday as a result of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The Balade en Méditerranée presentation, the first-ever virtual event held by Chanel, featured models showcasing Viard’s designs against a sun-drenched backdrop inspired by the laidback allure of the Italian and French Riviera.

“I didn’t want the Cruise show to be the opposite of the current (coronavirus) situation – (but also) not something too sad, that is not the essence of Chanel,” she told Vogue.com. “For me, Chanel is a treasure, a refuge that looks after you and does you good, like life itself.”

Embracing a colour palette of black, white, pink, coral, and fuchsia, the line included fresh takes on Chanel classics, including cropped jackets, tailored shorts, and coordinated suits.

Flared denim trousers, halterneck tops, and two-piece swimwear options were among the more unexpected silhouettes, while highlights included a raspberry-coloured dress with ruffled neckline and a bright purple tweed suit worn with a bandeau top.

“For me, it was the sentiment of the south of France or Capri, where we had planned to show. It’s about the whole Mediterranean area: everything light and practical, with no grand gowns,” Viard added.

Chanel’s cruise 2020/21 collection will be available to purchase in boutiques from November.

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Virginie Viard working on Chanel cruise collection during lockdown

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 …

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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Jill Kortleve becomes first plus-size model to walk in Chanel show in a decade

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQue…

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.

The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Fendi, and Molly Goddard.

But Jill topped off a successful Fashion Month on Tuesday by taking to the runway during creative director Virginie Viard’s fall/winter 2020 presentation for the French luxury house held at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week.

“I can’t believe this just happened but… to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial,” she captioned a photo of her wearing a black outfit with pearl buttons on her Instagram page. “I’m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There’s a much-needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing.”

Previously, plus-size model Crystal Renn walked in Chanel’s 2011 cruise collection show held in Saint-Tropez back in 2010.

In addition to Jill, other top models cast in the show included Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Fran Summers, Mona Tougaard, and Hyunji Shin.

And accordingly, Jill was thrilled to see fashion leaders embrace much more inclusivity and diversity.

“This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love,” the 26-year-old added.

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Chanel dishes up conservative chic for spring 20 couture line

Chanel has served up conservative chic for its spring/summer 2020 couture collection.Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of P…

Chanel has served up conservative chic for its spring/summer 2020 couture collection.

Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday, with the presentation drawing in the likes of Pharrell Williams, Eva Green, G-Dragon, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover to the front row.

The venue was transformed to resemble a cloister garden, complete with fountain and white sheets hanging on a clothesline, with the theme inspired by brand founder Coco Chanel’s childhood spent at a convent in the Aubazine region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

“What I immediately liked was that the cloister garden was uncultivated,” Viard stated in her show notes. “It was really sunny. The place made me think of the summer, a breeze fragranced with flowers. I wanted floral embroideries like an herbarium, delicate flowers. What interested me in this decor was the paradox between the sophistication of haute couture and the simplicity of this place.”

The show opened with Vittoria Ceretti in a black and white dress matched with white tights, socks, and black flats. A number of monochromatic ensembles followed, such as a tweed suit with lace collar and long dress coats.

Gigi Hadid evoked a mother superior vibe in a belted black dress with white Peter Pan collar, and Kaia Gerber modelled a white lace dress with black tulle detailing attached to the neckline.

Towards the end of the spectacle, Viard introduced a range of dresses with floral embroidery and appliques, with Adut Akech sporting a white top with long black tiered skirt, and Rebecca Longendyke serving as the “bride” in a wedding dress with a knee-length hem made of white crepe georgette with triple Peter Pan collar, and a veil embroidered with branches of wisteria.

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Chanel returns to Paris for 2020 Metiers d’Art show

Virginie Viard has returned to Paris to unveil her debut Metiers d’Art show for Chanel.Each year, the French luxury fashion house presents a runway show outside of the traditional schedule in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, such …

Virginie Viard has returned to Paris to unveil her debut Metiers d’Art show for Chanel.

Each year, the French luxury fashion house presents a runway show outside of the traditional schedule in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, such as shoemaker Massaro, embroiderers Lesage and Atelier Montex, feather and flower specialist Maison Lemarie, hatmaker Maison Michel, as well as glove manufacturer Causse Gantier.

Previously, Karl Lagerfeld held his Metiers d’Art shows in cities such as New York, Hamburg, and Rome, but following the creative director’s death in February at the age of 85, his successor, Viard, decided to present her latest line at the Grand Palais in the French capital on Wednesday night. With the venue transformed so it resembled brand founder Coco Chanel’s 31 rue Cambon apartment, a Chanel representative explained: “Before discovering the collection designed by Virginie Viard, the guests were able to linger for a while in a replica of Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. It was to this intimate baroque space, full of memories, books and cherished objects, that Gabrielle Chanel loved to return to clear her mind. The guests then sat down in a reconstitution of the salons at 31 rue Cambon, which used to host Chanel’s first fashion shows.”

The spectacle kicked off with Vittoria Ceretti descending a staircase with Art Deco mirrors and beige steps edged in white, with the model sporting a black coat with crystal embellishment around the waist and cuffs. A number of monochromatic outfits followed, all of which referenced the iconic “codes” of Chanel, like tweed jackets, tailored suits, logo belts, and layered pearl necklaces.

Midway through the show, Viard introduced pops of pink and violet, tie-dye tops, ombre fabric in sunset hues, with Gigi Hadid also modelling a classic suit without a shirt underneath.

Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a white T-shirt, logo print skirt, and black hat, with the ensemble topped off with a necklace featuring a pendant shaped like a tiny bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume. To conclude, the models paraded the runway in a series of chic cocktail dresses and embellished gowns.

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Chanel prankster: ‘Gigi Hadid was quite aggressive’

Prankster Marie S’Infiltre has claimed Gigi Hadid was “quite aggressive” when she removed her from the catwalk after she crashed the Chanel show earlier this week.The French YouTuber, real name Marie Benoliel, pulled the stunt during creative director …

Prankster Marie S’Infiltre has claimed Gigi Hadid was “quite aggressive” when she removed her from the catwalk after she crashed the Chanel show earlier this week.

The French YouTuber, real name Marie Benoliel, pulled the stunt during creative director Virginie Viard’s show for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.

Marie leapt onto the runway wearing a black and white two-piece, which she claims is vintage Chanel, in front of the star-studded audience, which featured the likes of Cardi B, Anna Wintour, and Anna Dello Russo.

Gigi blocked the prankster from continuing to walk the runway and put her hand on her shoulder as she escorted her off the catwalk.

Now, Marie is claiming that the 24-year-old supermodel was “quite aggressive” and didn’t understand that she was simply paying tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld.

In an email to Elle.com, she complained that she thought Gigi might pull her hair and yell “as if we were school girls”, but refused to divulge what was said during their confrontation.

“She clearly did not understand my comic approach. Gigi is obviously sublime and a fashion icon and I understand her reaction somewhat and continue to love her in spite of that,” Marie shared.

The prankster said her career is inspired by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, and she enjoys immersing herself in public events “to show how funny some situations and sometimes extreme behaviours are.”

“I am not making fun of people, I am pointing how silly some people can be when they lack distance and thinking,” Marie insisted.

After the show, a spokesperson for Chanel told AFP: “We are not going to make a drama out of it… We would have preferred if it hadn’t happened.”

They also said “this is not the first time that she has done this”, referring to Marie crashing Etam’s Paris Fashion Week presentation last week.

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Gigi Hadid confronts prankster during Chanel spring 2020 show

Gigi Hadid confronted a prankster who stormed onto the runway during Chanel’s spring/summer 2020 show on Tuesday morning.Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion …

Gigi Hadid confronted a prankster who stormed onto the runway during Chanel’s spring/summer 2020 show on Tuesday morning.

Creative director Virginie Viard unveiled her latest line for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week, with the show attracting the likes of Cardi B, Anna Wintour, and Anna Dello Russo.

However, as the models paraded on the set, designed to resemble a Paris rooftop, a woman dressed in a tweed suit and black hat scrambled through the seats and got up onto the raised catwalk and joined the finale.

After walking in line with the models for a short time, the gatecrasher decided to take a different route around the rooftop and was stopped by a stern-faced Hadid, who ushered her to the edge of the set and towards the exit, where several security members were waiting.

The prankster is believed to be Marie Benoliel, known as Marie S’Infiltre, a YouTube personality with 195,0000 followers on Instagram. Representatives for Chanel and Hadid are yet to comment on the incident.

Yet, clips of Hadid’s reaction are already making the rounds on social media, with many fans praising the 24-year-old for remaining calm under pressure.

“Go Gigi!” on Instagram user wrote, while another added, “People need to seriously respect the jobs of others. The designers, organisers and models work waaaay (sic) too hard, just for attention seekers to try to ruin everything on a very special day for them. Gigi did the right thing!”

Besides the runway drama, the rest of Viard’s presentation went smoothly, with Karl Lagerfeld’s successor offering a range of separates in Chanel’s signature tweed fabric, as well as nautical stripes, touches of blue denim, and evening gowns with tiered ruffled skirts.

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Chanel to unveil cruise collection in Capri

Chanel will unveil its cruise 2021 collection in Capri, Italy.It will be the second cruise collection designed by Virginie Viard, who has taken over as the French luxury fashion house’s creative director following the death of Karl Lagerfeld in Februar…

Chanel will unveil its cruise 2021 collection in Capri, Italy.

It will be the second cruise collection designed by Virginie Viard, who has taken over as the French luxury fashion house’s creative director following the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February.

The highly-anticipated runway show will take place on 7 May, and will mark the first time since 2016 that Chanel will present its cruise line outside of Paris.

“We are very happy to go to Italy, and even more so to go to Capri,” Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion and president of Chanel, told WWD. “It’s a very inspiring place, very inspiring for Virginie Viard. We have a lovely cruise show in the works.

“For us, this remains an exceptional moment to express a real collection, with true creativity and a real point of view that Chanel wants to incarnate today.”

In a separate statement, a label representative announced that Viard had chosen the exclusive Italian island in the Bay of Naples as a tribute to Chanel’s founder, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel.

“From the 1920s, Gabrielle Chanel offered her clients lightweight and comfortable designs for yachting, coastal resorts, spa towns and other various sunny destinations such as the Riviera and the Lido beaches of Venice,” they added.

Chanel has showcased its designs in shows in the French capital since 2015.

Previously, Lagerfeld dropped his cruise collections in sunny locales around the world, including Saint-Tropez, Singapore, Venice, and Havana.

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Karl Lagerfeld exhibition to be staged at Metropolitan Museum of Art – report

Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reportedly planning an exhibition dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld.The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 in February from complications rela…

Curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are reportedly planning an exhibition dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld.

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 in February from complications relating to pancreatic cancer.

While the fashion world is still reeling from Lagerfeld’s death, editors at WWD are now reporting that executives at the museum in New York City are working on a showcase in honour of the legendary designer.

Sources have told the publication that Andrew Bolton, curator and current head of The Met’s Costume Institute, will oversee the showcase, and it is set to take place in 2022. Representatives for The Met have declined to report on the speculation.

However, should the exhibition get the green light, curators will have stacks of material to work with, as Lagerfeld not only led fashion houses but also worked as a creative director, artist, caricaturist and photographer.

He was also recognised around the world for his signature uniform, typically comprised of a black suit, black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and starched white collars.

Lagerfeld unveiled his final Metiers d’Art collection outside of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur, housed within The Met, last December.

However, he was absent from the Chanel couture show held in Paris in January, with a representative for the French house noting he could not attend due to illness. His right-hand woman at Chanel, Virginie Viard, took the final bow in his place, and has since taken over creative direction at the brand.

Lagerfeld did not have a funeral, but bosses from all three brands that he worked for teamed together in June to hold the tribute event, entitled Karl For Ever, at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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