A demonstration of haute couture by Chanel

The Maison on Rue Cambon returned to the traditional catwalk for its Autumn-Winter 2021/22 haute couture collection. An impressionist manifesto of great simplicity, orchestrated from the Palais Galliera.

And little by little, everything went back to the way it was, or almost. Or almost because Chanel had to give up its favourite stage, the Grand Palais, undergoing renovated until 2024. And because there were only a hundred or so guests at this haute couture show, sat carefully distanced from each other. But little matter: the magic was palpable. Not least of which because Chanel's director, Virginie Viard, chose to dedicate her collection to colour, in a tribute to the Impressionist painters:

The universe thus created evokes Marie Laurencin, Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot. From pastel tweed suits to floral embroidered dresses, the 37 looks in this fashion show demonstrated (as if it were needed) the high refinement of Chanel's haute couture workshops. All presented with great graphic simplicity – the sign of absolute elegance.

The choice of venue was not trivial either, since the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel until 18 July (hurry!). It was the American actress Margaret Qualley who wore the sublime pale pink wedding dress that closed the show. And, in a subtle touch, threw her bouquet to the audience (*). A few days before unveiling these images, Chanel presented a 40-second teaser featuring Margaret Qualley filmed in the Palais Galliera by Sofia Coppola. Here it is again in case you missed it:

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(*) As you know, at SoBARNES we love the little details that make the difference: it was Australian journalist Laura Brown who caught the bouquet blindly thrown by Margaret Qualley.

Photo © Chanel

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