Chanel Fall-Winter 2021: Fuzzy Moon Boots and More Hits From the Show
“Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showin’ you?” The smooth strains of Diana Ross’ 1994 classic (from the film Mahogany) opened the Chanel fall-winter 2021 show, presented in a fashion film by Dutch photographer duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, set a nostalgic tone for the French maison. Pre-pandemic, there would be nothing out of the ordinary seeing a cadre of models strutting down a Parisian street and heading to a club, but in these uncertain times, it seems to be a dream that very few would risk.
Nevertheless, Virginie Viard, fearless female that she is, decided to stage her show right on the streets of Paris and, of course, the ultra-chic Castel, the legendary nightlife institution frequented by celebrities the world over. Perhaps taking that hint of rebellion into her collection, Viard presented a rather utilitarian-inflected collection of boilersuits, bold skirt suits (lengths trailing off at a modest midi), and, the key style of the season, a structured coat that ends beautifully mid-calf, all in Chanel’s signature tweed.
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.
That’s not to say the collection didn’t have a healthy dose of wit and fun—the more corporate-looking outfits were paired with fuzzy moon boots (a sure hit of the upcoming season), and luxe takes on casual items like tweed overalls in a luscious raspberry pink on model Jill Kortleve, light-wash jeans printed with silver double C monograms, and elevated basics studded with irreverent Chanel-isms (the camellia and the iconic monogram in a variety of holographic colours).
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