Chanelâs new Fall/Winter 20/21 Haute Couture Collection pays homage to the spirit of Karl Lagerfeld.
The digital Haute Couture Fashion Week has allowed designers to stray away from some of their usual styles and integrate inspirations from elsewhere.Â
Chanelâs Couture Collection by creative director, Virginie Viard debuted on the second day of the digital fashion week and displayed a very different approach to stylistic choices than her Spring/Summer Couture collection from earlier this year.
While the preceding collection featured a more dialled down, soft colour palette, Viardâs Fall/Winter Haute Couture Collection showcases bold colours and a more opulent demeanour.
âI like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time. I wanted complexity and sophistication,â says Viard.Â
Inspired by Karl Lagerfeldâs ventures to âLe Palaceâ and the sophisticated and eccentric women he liked to accompany to their parties, a more daring and audacious sentiment is evident in the pieces.
âThis collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel,â says Viard.
The collection has a punk-like feeling, with sharp cuts and striking silhouettes. âI was thinking about a punk princess coming out of âLe Palaceâ at dawn with a taffeta dress, big hair, feathers and lots of jewellery,â says the designer.
An almost Vivienne Westwood-esk eleganza can be seen throughout the garments with their rich, velvety shades and valiant glamour.
The digitalisation of fashion shows during COVID-19 allowed Viard to add elements she would not do so in a normal live show. She thought to add âthings that maybe I would not do in a showâpunk hair, fine jewelry.â
Thirty looks make up the collection and Haute Couture customers will receive a portfolio of detailed images captured by Mikael Jansson to make their purchase.
Viard mused an array of things, including the chic and cultivated nature of 19th century art from Germany.
“Itâs true that I thought about paintings, but it was more German paintings. But I really had Karlâs world in mindâ.
The luxury that is Haute Couture is something that is withstanding the current social climate and its meticulously crafted garments are giving us a glimmer of solace during the sombre days of today.
âFor me, Haute Couture is romantic by its very essence. There is so much love in each one of these silhouettes, explained Viard.Â
âHaute couture? Itâs forever; itâs for alwaysâ.
Read more about the full collection at chanel.com.