Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2022. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
Chanel for this season finally made a beautiful come back to Karl Lagerfeld looks, this sparkle might light up Chanel once again.
“The idea for the show decor came from a long-standing desire to work with Xavier Veilhan. His references to constructivism remind me of those of Karl Lagerfeld,” – said creative director of Chanel Virginie Viard. “I love this match of spirit between us, now and through time. In addition to creating the decor for the show in reference to the avant-gardes of the 1920s and 1930s.”
And in this setting looks of Karl Lagerfeld came to live. Lots of ruffles, fringes, macramé, lively laces, iridescent tweeds, colorful jeweled buttons – everything so loved and cherished by admirers of Chanel house and what magnified the perfection created in Chanel by Karl.
Femininity too with a pink tweed jacket striped with white, white braid straps embroidered with pearls or silver chains, two-tone babies with 1920s-inspired heels revisited by the 1980s, and finely geometric embroidery , as if echoing the decor.
It took 3 years for Chanel, after financial losses, to realize that the brilliance, grace and success brought to this house by Karl is the only creative direction the house should go. “Quiet” fashion, simple looks is not a something that modern society can see as impeccable style, recognize as Chanel, and admire it. Embroideries of Lesage came back to life in the most artistic pieces of the collection.
There’s probably a message Virginie Viard tried to give. The models who wore evening gowns had a make up one black eye, as if Chanel would like to say to us that “Some profit from this collection will be given to one of the associations of Battered women”, or “Battered woman can also be beautiful and strong and wear Chanel”. This part is vague.