Since Paris Fashion Week, my mind has been locked on inter-locked C’s: Chanel.
My followers who tune into my IGTV show, Fashion Week with Krischic (specifically the couture week episode) know my feelings toward the Chanel SS20 Haute Couture show–quite lukewarm actually. But Chanel creative director, Virginie Viard redeemed herself of that pilgrim-esque collection with her AW 2020 one. The collection just breathed a youthful glow into Chanel’s classic tweed in a way that never has been done before with cropped jackets, slitted trousers and models walking side-by-side with arms inter-linked–the supermodel squad of interlocked C’s–more on my thoughts on the collection later.
After 30 years of Karl Lagerfeld’s workmanship, it’s surreal to think that Chanel began the new decade without Karl Lagerfeld (and sad). I’m sure for a creative director stepping into such big shoes, the pressure of the whole world watching you and comparing your artistry to such a legend is an overwhelming weight. To be sure, I had such a high opinion of Viard from the start, especially after beholding her M’etier D‘Art collection for Chanel back in December. I love the homage Viard has been paying to Coco Chanel as a human being time and time again. That collection specifically recreated one of Chanel’s most iconic runway shows in a room of mirrors.
Coincidentally, Viard and I were on the same page, because I did not expect this red and white tweed combo paired with an architectural headband to match the show’s aesthetic so well (confession, I shot these editorials back in November and am just now posting them). Neither did I anticipate Taylor Swift sporting an archived Chanel suit that is the spitting image of this one on the cover of the January 2020 issue of British Vogue! When the style stars align like this, I am reminded of why I love the medium so much. We all have our way of interpreting fashion and making it our own, just as art is constantly reinvented and examined in museums. The cool part is as consumers, we have a chance to be personally involved in that exchange, as all of our bodies are canvases.
Okay, back to Chanel AW 2020: I am incredibly excited, because I will be welcoming fellow fashion journalist and my best friend, Mari Makatsaria as a guest host for the PFW episode of Fashion Week with Krischic. Stay tuned.
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