Chanel’s AW23 Haute Couture show celebrates the city of its origins

Chanel’s AW23 Haute Couture show celebrates the city of its origins

The Parisienne allure


By Benedict Unang

Featured images courtesy of Chanel

Inside the universe of Haute Couture, Chanel continues to remain at the forefront, with Creative Director Virginie Viard propelling the fashion house in the footsteps of the late fashion giant Karl Lagerfeld. From extravagant runway sets to sensational garments that exhibit the classic House codes, these brilliant minds have done it all. Viard, in particular, gravitates more towards the clothes and how they complement the figures, as illustrated by her latest Haute Couture collection. 

This season, the French Maison delves into the soul of the Parisienne—what she reads, how she perceives the world and reacts to life have been extensively explored to capture her fascination that travels from one collection to another. Set on a colourful cobblestone stretch on the banks of the Seine, the notions developed into an assembly of tweeds, silk chiffons, organza, inlaid lace, and floral and graphic motifs.

“The Haute Couture show is like a journey through a world of images and emotions, permanence and beauty."—Virginie Viard

Indeed, the collection was a harmony of grace and simplicity. The show opened with none other than Caroline de Maigret, who has long been admired for her casual elegance and assertive demeanour—making her the perfect expression of Parisian allure. The French model and music producer walked down the riverside in a floor-length tweed overcoat before the runway presented a more refined collection with fruit baskets as accessories, a dog as a companion, and delicate camellia blooms adorning an array of attire.

Elsewhere, masculine codes are woven into the feminine wardrobe. This includes an attractive mix of pinstriped trousers and men’s waistcoats, as well as dainty collared blouses with tiered skirts. In addition, the sunglasses were painted in tandem with the ensemble, and the Mary Janes were modified with tiny buckles on the ankles and a touch of satin gold on the toe cap. 

The bride’s look—a long-sleeved, knee-length white dress with subtle ribbon detail around the neckline and a short veil to round out the look—tied the entire collection together in the finale. All in all, the collection encapsulated all the traits that define the Parisienne allure to which Viard has always felt drawn. 

And, of course, what would the show be without the A-listers in the front row? From Lupita Nyong’o and Kendrick Lamar to Margaret Qualley and Riley Keough, swipe through the gallery to see more celebrities attending the show. 




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