Chanel Fall Winter 2021-2022 chez Castel Rue Princesse. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
Virginie Viard, creative director of Chanel, decided to show her collection on famous Parisian street near Boulevard Saint-Germain – rue Princesse and night club Castel. Castel has been known for generations by Parisian and who-is-who jet-set population since 60s. Founded by Jean Castel in 1962, then nicknamed “king of Parisian nights” with Regine, night club Castel on rue Princesse has since the 1960s become one of the most exclusive and closed places in Paris where the management reserves the right of entry. It is imperative to be accompanied by a faithful of the place, with his membership card. There is then a restaurant on the first floor, a bar on the ground floor and a nightclub in the basement. The establishment is a chic and distinguished mecca for all of Paris where political personalities, show business stars, journalists, socialites, actors, businessmen, sportsmen, models, having great time.
“Vous êtes sur la liste?” – “You are on the list?”… Virginie Viard created new collection for Fall 2021-2022 only for the girls, who belong to this very closed society. She invited you to see the closed space of Castel, the famous stairs, going down to the dance floor. Be dressed for the place to be! Karl Lagerfeld brought us to the fashion avenue, with the parade dedicated to fashion. Virginie Viard brought us to the very private and intimate place, where everything is happening.
Paris divided by Seine on two has very distinguished fashion style. Parisians not often cross the Seine from one bank to another. Wonderful Jean Rochefort used to say that he takes “a Colonial helmet” to go to other bank of Seine. The difference is in everything, starting from the way of thinking, which reflects the fashion style. If “Rive droit” right bank is known by Bobo (Bohemian style), discrete brown oversized knitted ugly pullovers and deformed skirts, “Rive gauche” left bank, Boulevard Saint-Germain – rue Princesse, known by free thinking population, who prefers freedom then wisdom and prudence, reflecting this freedom in bright colors, flashy boots and coats. It’s been like this since the beginning of XX century. It is like this today.
Virginie Viard showed the collection for Fall Winter 2021-2022 season for freethinking young generation, who are moving forward, create and feel strong no matter what.