“I never tried to define my style before. We could say I discovered it via CHANEL. There is no better way.” Ola Rudnicka, model, friend of the House and the face of the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2021-2022 Pre-Collection could not have said it more accurately. This is a style-defining collection, a guide to interpreting forms, fabrics and colors in a way that informs our perception of ourselves. Through a creative combination of masculine and feminine elements, Virginie Viard delivered an awe-inspiring series of looks balancing between ‘70s retro, punk and modern style.
A tweed jacket and skirt ensemble paired with leather boots and a silver mini bag, repeated check patterns, an oversized black wool and cashmere coat, trompe-l'oeil dresses and a short grey duffle coat convey a casually comfortable attitude that remains funky and provocative. Meanwhile, wide-leg trousers, layering play, flap bags, pink hues, a shiny white leather coat lined with shearling, buttons with double C and tweeds embellished with sequins evoke the traditionally feminine side of style which intertwines ideally with the strict and “brutalist” silhouettes in an androgynous blend. The plethora of materials is striking; tweed, leather, knits, felt, cashmere, flannel, satin and silk attest to a versatile wardrobe, daring, elegant but never average.
Virginie Viard’s inspiration focused on the many facets of expression. A new approach to Parisian chic immerses us in a universe of possibilities where street coolness and opulent styling may actually coincide.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a true CHANEL blast that radiated beauty, luxury and upper-level craftsmanship. We all know that some clothes are more complex and less wearable than others but, thankfully, occasions like this one have the power to “sanction” the kind of style that transcends the common or expected and embraces what some may view as over the top. CHANEL’s friends and ambassadors proved that cinematic looks are a matter of perspective. Believe in magic and magic shall you become!
Marion Cotillard’s exquisite dress embroidered with sequins from the CHANEL Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2007-2008 collection is a meticulously crafted piece that combines lace and metallic elements and reflects light in an almost magical fashion. The actress’s bond with it was immediate and the impression it gave her was that of a work of art. “That’s what I love about it” said Marion Cotillard, amazed by its spectacular and dreamy quality. Tilda Swinton’s satin navy dress with a matching navy headband covering one of her eyes as well as her breezy CHANEL silk nightgown dress from the 2022 Resort collection emit a sense of glorious minimalism and effortless elegance. After all, “Fashion is about finding a way of going into a very brightly lit space as a shy person and feeling like you’re not alone.” As for Maggie Gyllenghaal’s haute couture black tulle skirt paired with a relaxed white shirt, it was the epitome of subtle chic and succeeded in perfectly channeling the actress-producer’s inner self. Sometimes, clothes speak louder than words.
Elaborate or understated, a CHANEL look can only mean one thing: beauty. At the end of the day, reality is not too different from a movie.