The French house unveils its latest couture collection with the help of famed equestrian, Charlotte Casiraghi.
Nothing screams haute couture quite like theatrics and grander, right? Well, Chanel looked to serve all of this and more with its SS22 collection.
With the multi-faceted and black sequin riding jacket-clad Charlotte Casiraghi kicking off the show with a ride around the runway, on horseback no less, the grand theme of the show was set – and the horse girls had their triumphant moment. Whilst the equestrian elegantly pranced around the show’s geometric set, inspired by aesthetics of Universal Exhibitions, a joyous air of freedom and expression presented itself, one that was best captured by the contrasting notion of a forever-classic wedding dress closing the show. With an integral element to the age-old haute couture rituals meeting an experimental revealing of its latest collection, Chanel proved itself to be transcendent of time and fashion rules.
“The idea for the show’s décor came from a longstanding desire to work with Xavier Veilhan. His references to constructivism remind me of those of Karl Lagerfeld,” explains Creative Director Virginie Viard when discussing the theme of the show. “I like this similarity of spirit between us, now and across time. In addition to creating the show décor with its references to the avant-gardes of the 1920s and 1930s, Xavier wanted to work with Charlotte Casiraghi. His artistic universe is full of horses and Charlotte is a skilled rider.”
Moving swiftly on to the clothes, Chanel’s femininity-centric codes were celebrated through fluid dresses, frills, tweed and ruffles galore, all of which made their way down the runway whilst exuding that sought-after Parisian flare the house is most celebrated and adored for. And, as a dialogue between the ages emerged through subtle referencing and reinvented 20s sensibilities viewed through an 80s lens, the timeless nature of the house made itself known once more.
To discover more, head to chanel.com and watch the show below…