Chanel Fall/Winter 2020-21
HAUTE COUTURE 

While the Chanel Spring/Summer 2020-21 collection was all about black and white simplicity, the Chanel FW 2020-21 Haute Couture collection is all about opulence and edge.

           —By Luisa Tarantino

Drawing inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld’s world for this collection rather than from Gabrielle Chanel’s world, Virginie Viard states that she envisioned a “punk princess coming out of ‘Le Palace’ at dawn,” wearing an elaborate taffeta dress with big hair, feathers, and lots of jewellery. In part, Viard’s vision makes reference to Lagerfeld’s time spent at Le Palace, in which he would accompany sophisticated and dressed up yet eccentric women.

Indeed, the collection is bold and retains a certain edge, all while still embodying the elegance and sophistication of Chanel Haute Couture. Going with the theme of opulence, many of the looks are accompanied with jewels from Chanel High Jewellery collections. Striking jet blacks and anthracite greys, rich blues and pinks, and Chanel’s iconic tweed patterns make up the collection, but with a special touch. Each of Chanel’s embroidery partners — the Métiers d’art Lesage and Montex, Lemarié and Goosens — contributed to the precious tweeds, which are embellished with sequins, strass, stones, and beading in an array of gorgeous and complex designs.

Some silhouettes are minimalist and modern, while others draw on 17th century Grand Siécle allure or 19th century tableaux, each with their own stroke of edge and glamour. Painted laces, silver-streaked ribbon tweeds, a jacket with an entirely smocked waist is worn over tapered boot-trousers in black suede — all of these looks represent a beautiful balance of punk chic and “ultra-rock romanticism.” As Viard effervesces, “Haute Couture is romantic by its very essence. There is so much love in each one of these silhouettes.”

Check out all 30 stunning looks below.

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Written on: July 8, 2020