Chanel Cruise 2021/2022 – Dubai

The French Maison returned to the stages by presenting its latest runway show outside of France, specifically in Dubai’s Creek Harbour District.

Chanel came back with a stunning fashion show collection. The French Maison returned to the international arena with its first show outside of France since the beginning of the pandemic and presented the Chanel Cruise 21/22 By Virginie Viard.

The collection was presented in Dubai’s Creek Harbour District, following its showcase at the Carrières de Lumières in France back in May 2021. This marks the second time Chanel chooses Dubai to host its Cruise collection, after the Cruise 2014/15 show seven years ago.

For the collection, Chanel creative director Virginie Viard worked with mod and punk references. She produced and created a line-up of graphic suits, black-and-white miniskirts, fishnet stockings and leather holster belts. The collection was balanced with soft, ivory lace dresses, high-waisted linen pants and floral-embroidered dresses.

The clothes had youthfulness that was a reflection of Viard’s signature change from Lagerfeld’s formality. There were also elements of colourful designs such as a signature Chanel tweed print jacket and a two-tone silk crepe suit.

Viard also included leather looks, graphics and beads. Fishnet stockings were paired with mini dresses or with a black and white Chanel tweed skirt suit. Capes, kaftan-type dresses, and loose pants suits were seen throughout.

“The simplicity, the precision and the poetry of Cocteau’s film made me want to create a very clean collection, with a very distinct two-tone, made up of bright white and deep black. Echoing the extreme modernity of Cocteau’s film, I wanted something quite rock. Lots of fringes, in leather, beads and sequins, t-shirts bearing the face of the model Lola Nicon like a rock star, worn with tweed suits trimmed with wide braids, and pointed silver Mary-Janes. A look that recalls as much the modernity of the sixties as that of punk,” said Virginie Viard.

In attendance were CHANEL ambassadors Penélope Cruz, Caroline de Maigret and Soo Joo Park along with the actors Sofia Boutella, Tara Emad, Ruba Zarour and Keean Johnson, the singers Faouzia and John Legend and the musician Kungs.

Jean Cocteau’s play “Orpheus” was a key inspiration for the monochromatic collection. It included themes of morality, sacrifice and artistry. Cocteau’s film “Testament of Orpheus” (1960) was shot at Carrieres de Lumieres – the former quarry in the south of France where CHANEL unveiled its 2021-2022 Cruise collection.

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