Cinema, Art, Poetry And Punk Collide In Chanel's Cruise 2021/22 Collection
Fine elements of early cinema weave into the fabric of this collection, from the dramatic flair of black knitted and macramé capes to pure white, billowing silhouettes. The natural landscape of Provence also makes a cameo with floral embroidery and soft-coloured fabrics in a rare break from Viard’s monochromatic aesthetic.
Perhaps paying tribute to the late supermodel Stella Tennant or channelling the spirit of Cocteau, who featured himself as the protagonist in the film alongside his lover Jean Marais, the creative director infuses her fondness for a little rock n’ roll rebellion, from leather fringing and punk accessories to the edgy hairstyles and dark-lined eyes of that era.
Take a look at some of our favourite looks from this dreamy collection.
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The exaggerated white lapel and spliced cuff detailing makes for clean, minimalistic lines
All black: The cropped jacked and cinched waist brings shape to this dark number
The Testament of Orpheus is completely in black-and-white except for a few seconds of colour spliced in. Much like the movie, this collection offers only a splash of colour, including this pink number, among its many monochrome looks.
A quintessential Chanel cruise look
Angelic muse: The white, flowing dresses in this collection are reminiscent of figures in Greek mythology, especially against the backdrop of the Carrières de Lumières quarry
Black, white and gray: Viard's monochromatic colour palette mimics the "simplicity, the precision and the poetry of Cocteau's film"
Viard continues to show a fondness for sprinkling a hint of rock n' roll rebellion into her collections
Striking white ankle boots are paired with this dramatic caped number
This monochromatic pattern lends energy to this flowing silhouette
The beading on this look uses surplus stock from Karl Lagerfeld's past couture shows
Remembering Stella Tennant: Chanel has always been inspired by the late supermodel's affinity for blending different styles and aesthetics
Spot the iconic camellia flower resting on the model's neck, immortalised in diamonds and gold
Viard channels Cocteau-level drama with crochet and macramé capes
Inspired by Jean Marais' infamous costume designed by Coco Chanel for 1930s film, Oedipus Rex
The soft-coloured rough fringing brings a feminine element to an otherwise low-cut, punk-inspired minidress
Embroidered detailing on the sleeves is the wild floral landscape of Provence—lavenders, ranunculus, blue felicia, thyme and more
This fabric resembles a watercolour masterpiece of a French countryside landscape that one would find in the museum
Punk-inspired details appear throughout the collection, from leather fringe and fishnets to metal cuffs and chain chokers
Chanel Cruise Collection 2021/2022
Appreciate the unique detailing on the cuffs and collars, with panes of white running down the centre
A showing by Chanel would not be complete without their iconic tweed jackets