The Chanel Autumn-Winter 2021/22 Ready-to-Wear collection is here, and it is a marriage of ski-resort-esque volume with Parisian chic.
That’s right, according to Virginie Viard herself, the collection brings together “the ambience of ski holidays, which I adore, and a certain idea of cool Parisian chic, from the 1970s to now.”
The accessories, too, translate Viard’s creative vision of creating a contrast between volumes and materials. You see the model’s lean, bare legs against voluminous boots in black curly faux fur or the juxtaposition of black tweed with small checks in blue lurex adorned with thin braces in pearls and layers of sautoir necklaces. Then there are the salopettes-ski suits in white quilting juxtaposed with strappy sandals embellished with chains and little black bows, the sequinned ballet flats, strass-covered minaudières worn like a sautoir necklace.
“I love contrasts, so for the more voluminous winter pieces, I wanted a small space. I don’t know if this is because of the times we live in, but I wanted something warm, lively. I imagined the models doing a show for themselves, going from room to room, crossing each other in staircases, piling their coats up in the cloakroom and going up to the next floor to get changed. And I thought of the shows that Karl would tell me about, back in the day, a long time ago, when the models would dress themselves and do their own make-up,” Chanel’s creative director, Virginie Viard, explains the inspirations behind the recent AW21 Ready-to-Wear show.
So it seems that when the silhouette goes big, the accessories go glam.
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