The luxury French fashion house draws inspiration from their archives to create a collection that celebrates freedom and experimentation.
It might just be a normal Wednesday for many, but for us, it’s Chanel day. Unveiling their spellbinding Haute Couture collection, the French luxury fashion house looks to the FW22/23 season with a spirit of experimentation and freedom. Collating graphic silhouettes and precious materials, the clothing line permeates the essence of elegance, while inviting elements of play to our wardrobe.
“I have imagined the Fall-Winter 2022/23 Haute Couture show in the continuity of the previous show, leaving room for experimentation,” says Virginie Viard. “The group of artists who surround me, made up of Xavier Veilhan, Sébastien Tellier, Charlotte Casiraghi and joined by Pharrell Williams and model Vivienne Rohner, allows for this. As does the Haute Couture.”
Turning classic tweed fabrics into asymmetric dresses and making sophisticated suits emboldened at the shoulders, Chanel evokes the attitude of some of its earliest collections dating back to the 1930s — where Mademoiselle Chanel reimagined the classic form of fitted womenswear. In a bid to maintain a theme of continuation, Virginie also looks to the anniversary High Jewellery collection, ‘1932’, by using necklaces to incorporate celestial embellishments within the pieces.
On foot, Chanel blends their classic T-strap pumps with cowboy boots — a subtle nod to the Étrier de Paris equestrian centre, the chosen location for the show. Kitted with contrasting shapes and kaleidoscopic colours, the runway’s set is built in the form of an optical illusion, an ode to the escapism often encouraged by Haute Couture. With symbolism pulsing through the entire line, freedom is expressed through large hats and wide-brimmed capelines — adding modernity to a style that has defined the house since its inception.
To explore the full collection now, head to Chanel.com…