Having visited Chanel’s new HQ, 19M, for the Metiers d’Art show in December last year, we were given a refresher on the workmanship involved in Chanel’s iconic tweed. Which is why for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2022 show, we were in awe to find the Grand Palais Éphémère covered floor to ceiling in the luxury textile (which, we were assured, would all be reused after the show).
The colours of the set mirrored the landscape of the River Tweed in Scotland, and the collection itself reflected the country’s climate and pastimes, with slouchy tweed and leather coats and galoshes worn over wool socks. Models walked in with multi-pocketed hunting jackets and tweed jodhpurs, complete with over-the-knee gumboots.
True to Virginie Viard’s penchant for injecting a modern feminine touch to the house codes, these utilitarian archetypes are rendered in playful candy colours of pink, mint and and red. She also added an edge with bodycon leather dresses, mini shorts worn with thigh high socks and Y2K necklace stacks styled over tweed mini-dresses and plunging V-necks.
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