CHANEL celebrates Haute Couture in Paris

CHANEL Haute Couture Spring Summer 2022 show premiered in Paris last week and it was probably one of the most enchanting times we’ve had in a while. On Tuesday January 25, 2022 at the Grand Palais Ephémère, CHANEL celebrated the most magnificent moment in the Couture fashion calendar.

What would Haute Couture be without CHANEL? A key question. Under a gray Parisian sky, CHANEL took its guests on a thirteen-minute journey into a sweet and blessed world. Haute Couture is the ultra luxury experience. “It’s unique” said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel. And what Chanel offered on this special day is an ode to beauty and simplicity.

The couture show opened with a video by French contemporary artist Xavier Veilhan featuring Chanel Ambassador Charlotte Casiraghi wearing a collarless black tweed jacket with 3/4 sleeves and jeweled buttons from the Haute Collection Couture Spring Summer 2022. For the first time, CHANEL has invited a contemporary French artist to stage the show. Xavier Veilhan creates a special atmosphere, conducive to wonder. Known for his works inspired by both formal classicism and high technology including sculpture, painting, installation, performance, video and photography, Xavier Veilhan has here excelled in creating a dreamlike environment and delicate in total harmony with the aesthetics of Chanel.

Invited by Creative Director Virginie Viard, Xavier Veilhan wanted “some kind of garden, open structure, something to do with both mini golf and horse show jumping”. From lightness with inflatable elements to the use of natural elements, floor mats, risers and plywood, the artist’s recurring references merge perfectly with the Chanel universe: equestrian, avant-garde of the 20s and 30s. , modernity and extreme elegance. This parade was a moment of pure emotion, with a deep understanding of the exclusivity of Haute Couture and its quest for perfection.

Virginie Viard and Xavier Veilhan worked with songwriter Sébastien Tellier who created four tracks for the show. The Symphonic mini album will be available on the platform from Friday, February 4. The music suited the show perfectly, full of sensitivity and poetry. Sébastien played in the middle of the set with giant instruments that Xavier Veilhan created for him. The first track carried by the wind could be heard in the show’s opening film and finale – sung by Tellier.

Skilled rider Charlotte Casiraghi opened the show on a dark horse – probably one of the most graceful moments we’ve had in a long time. “Xavier and Sébastien are friends. Together with Charlotte, they form the kind of CHANEL family that I like to surround myself with. Said Virginie Viard.

Ethereal lightness that characterizes the collection, Virginie Viard reinvents Chanel tweed with a round-neck hourglass jacket edged with contrasting crystal stripes. A short pink dress with 7/8 sleeves is cut in iridescent checks and framed with graphic sequin braids encrusted with crystal buttons. A black chiffon dress is embroidered with constructivist camellias while a flared dress in black organza is embroidered with shaded black feathers and fringes. Contrasting graphic shine and precious lace, a skirt suit with a matching boxy jacket and an apron skirt in metallic lamé tweed. Black and white evening dresses in radzimir silk or satin, hanging skirts and trailing bows capturing the subdued light created especially for the show.

Virginie Viard balances the collection with incredible poetry. Fluttering dresses through ruffles and lace bring the models’ bodies to life. The elegant long white satin dress worn by the bride is enhanced by embroidered braid. In her delicate hands, a blue bouquet in memory of French actor and Chanel ambassador Gaspard Ulliel, who died last week in a skiing accident. A discreet farewell for a beautiful human being who was the face of Bleu perfume.

The show’s makeup was bold and graphic, built around dark eyes with a flawless complexion and subtle lips. It takes up the geometric shapes of the decor and underlines the high femininity of Virginie Viard’s silhouettes.

Many brand ambassadors and celebrities attended the show. Margot Robbie, Sofia Coppola or even Vanessa Paradis and Carole Bouquet to name but a few. The Chanel Spring Summer 2022 Haute Couture collection is a resolutely clear dialogue between past and present. Horse riding was hugely important in Gabrielle Chanel’s story and Xavier Veilhan’s constructivist touches are reminiscent of Karl Lagerfeld.

Virginie Viard continues her path by creating the most authentic balance between femininity and masculinity, between heavier and lighter materials. Spectacular.

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