With a tight edit of only 51 looks, Chanel’s creative director Virginie Viard presented a collection that gives a hint of where fashion is heading—beautifully crafted wardrobe essentials that withstand the test of time. Because it’s Chanel, you know these pieces will ultimately become prized possessions. Shimmery embroidered bandeau tops worn under cropped jackets reminded us of the ultra-playful spring/summer 1995 show, then under the helm of the late Karl Lagerfeld.
Inspired by a Mediterranean getaway, in this case Capri, where the presentation was initially meant to be held pre-lockdown, Viard has kept this collection light and airy with slouchy knits paired alongside ’50s-inspired bathing suits, while evening dresses float in wispy chiffon and translucent silver lamé. But what makes this collection particularly relevant is the minimal wastage. All the fabrics, including the buttons, come from ready stock found in the design studio, while the accessories were pulled from the stores, underscoring a much-needed point of view in this new era.