Chanel designer Virginie Viard set the tone for the spring/summer time 2021 Haute Couture present on the conventional Grand Palais in Paris, the place the French trend home is thought to current its collections. Viard channeled all of our vitality and needs to rejoice proper now amongst shut household, throwing a glamorous folklore wedding ceremony the place her fashions debuted movable social gathering put on beneath arches of flowers. “I like massive household reunions, when the generations all come collectively. It is so heat. There’s this spirit at Chanel in the present day. As a result of Chanel can also be like a household,” Viard mentioned.
Positive sufficient, lots of the well-known ambassadors have been on the visitor record: Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Vanessa Paradis, and her daughter, Lily-Rose Depp. All of them posed for photographer Anton Corbijn in black-and-white “band model” portraits, carrying appears to be like from Haute Couture collections previous. The portraits, shot on the Haute Couture Salons at 31 rue Cambon (which have simply been reopened and restyled by Parisian inside designer Jacques Grange), give off the vibe of the season (there isn’t any gathering with out music in any case!), however the video of the runway present, additionally directed by Corbijn, brings the vibrancy and coloration.
Dedicated to “at all times serious about what ladies want to have of their wardrobe in the present day,” Viard included simple tweed pantsuits, impressed by males’s tailoring and skirt units with delicate gildings. The extra standout appears to be like, just like the tweed LBD, was embroidered with feathers by Home of Lemarié, and the lengthy grey halter robe fabricated from tulle has embroidered macramé from Montex Atelier. It is inside these intricate particulars that we acknowledge the craftsmanship of couture, however Viard’s skill to make the garments appear casually elegant, swingy, and enjoyable abruptly is a expertise all her personal. As with each Chanel Haute Couture present, there’s a bride — this one in search of affect from the ’20s in a pearl-colored frock with a stiff excessive collar, cuffs, and tiny buttons down the bodice and skirt. Although that is Chanel Couture, the angle is that of a homey yard ceremony, and proper now, that juxtaposition is sweet to see.
Forward, soak up among the black-and-white portraits by Corbijn, then see all 32 ss21 Haute Couture appears to be like.