With temps soaring past 118 in some parts of the USA, it’s hard to believe that fall is not far away. But this July, Paris was alive with optimism for a beautiful fall as a highly anticipated Fashion Week got underway. One of my personal favorites is always the House of Chanel. And, Chanel’s Fall/Winter Haute Couture Show for 2021/2022 was nothing short of dazzling.
As with Chanel’s Spring 2021 event, the show (which was held at the stunning, renovated Palais Galliera) had the feel of a traditional runway event. Yet, since it was held outdoors, attendees were able to safely maintain social distancing. A genius solution and much appreciated after far too many disappointing “virtual” shows.
The show, and a retrospective on groundbreaking founder Coco Chanel, exceeded any expectations I could have had. According to Hamish Bowles at Vogue, “When she began thinking about Chanel’s fall 2021 haute couture, Virginie Viard was struck by a series of photographs of the arch modernist Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel dressed in throwback 19th-century bustles and crinolines for some of the society costume balls that were all the rage in the 1930s.”
The mood? Wonderfully effervescent. Decidedly optimistic. 100% feminine. Embroidery, feathers, tulle, chiffon, ribbons, lace… each ensemble was more beautiful than the last.
“That airy spirit continues in the quirky way Viard marries bouffant skirts or even suits—made from “tweed” woven from narrow strands of multi-colored tulle and ribbon—with delicate bustiers of pale pink broderie anglaise or chalky lace, and lingerie-light chiffon and lace camisoles and bloomers that she [Viard] aptly calls her “little deshabilles,” according to Bowles.
If you’re ready to be inspired, click the video to watch the show in its entirety. For the photo gallery of each look, visit Vogue.
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