Reconstructed chiffon suits, soft satin dresses and delicate bustiers: Virginie Viard invited us to the debutante ball of the century.
This past year has been difficult for everyone. With never-ending lockdowns, a cloud of uncertainty in the air and doom and gloom at every corner, we’ve been consistently searching for any opportunity of optimism and relief. And, with the prospect of the pandemic ending sooner rather than later, we’re finally seeing an end to these dreary times and Virginie Viard is leading the way into a post-pandemic future.
Inspired by a series of photographs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel dressed in 19th-century bustiers and crinolines, the designer formed an idea of escapism for this season’s Haute Couture collection, using debutante costume balls as the main force behind the artistry.
Unfolding a flurry of romanticism inside the iconic Palais Galliera this afternoon, the designer made sure it was all about the details, as tiny coloured rhinestones came together to create intricate paintings, while subtle feathered blossoms bloomed underneath felt hats. Lining each look with an air of buoyancy and hope, an array of delicate bustiers, light chiffon trousers and lace camisoles made an appearance on the runway, capturing the freedom and ambition found in the 19th-century party scene.
Reconstructed lace pantsuits, low-waisted tweed skirts and grand soft satin dresses all made an appearance on the steps of the gallery, cleverly emulating the gentle debutantes of that era with hints of Viard’s grunge edge. But as each look came down the runway, we soon came to meet the bride, dressed stately in ivory satin and a veil scattered with shimmering multi-coloured sequins – replicating one worn by Gabrielle Chanel herself in the 1930s.
With their last Haute Couture show taking place digitally in January, Chanel pulled out all the stops and welcomed us into their new era.
Check out the full show at chanel.com.