This past Friday Virginie Viard debuted her first solo collection for Chanel after Karl Lagerfeld’s passing in February. The Resort 2020 show had a classic Chanel feel, but I can definitely see the change that Virginie Viard is putting into action at Chanel, but change isn’t always a bad thing!
Of course there is going to be controversy over the collection, Chanel is a widely popular luxury house that has a distinct look and with Karl being at the brand for over 30 years, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic and not want the brand to start a new era. Chanel is my favorite and always has been, so I was a bit skeptical about what Viard’s first collection was going to look like.
Overall, I though the collection was a great first debut for Virginie Viard, and over time we will definitely be able to see how she envisions the Chanel brand. The show took place at the Grand Palais as always, and the runway was transformed into a train track. I’m happy that Viard is continuing the Karl legacy in taking the Chanel shows and transforming the runway into a place. She stayed true to Karl’s aesthetic for the brand, while bringing in more feminine touches with bow belts and blouses. I of course would’ve loved to see more of the classic Chanel tweeds transformed for cruise like Karl always did with every new collection, but we can’t judge Viard off of one collection, and I know she will take Chanel into a fantastic new era!
Models were seen wearing Jackie O inspired bandanas. I loved the take on pastel colors on the suiting making it very feminine, and the pastel colors also made the dresses very playful and fun. I loved the floral appliqué black and white dress featured at the end of the collection, Chanel always has done beautiful appliqué pieces and I was happy to see Virginie include that in her debut collection.
All in all, congrats to Virginie Viard on her first solo collection for Chanel. What I’ve always loved about Chanel is the sort of over the topness of the collection with the accessories and tweeds all mixed and matched together, and although I did notice Viard took a step back from the “more is more” of Karl and introduced a more Coco Chanel classic approach, I can’t wait to see what more she has in store for Chanel. Stepping into the shoes of Karl Lagerfeld isn’t an easy task, but I know Viard will continue the legacy of Chanel.
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Xoxo, McKenna Ramona Jennings