Though Chanel first showed its Cruise 2022/23 collection at the Beach Hotel in Monte Carlo, a replica show took place in Miami this past weekend. What is a replica show, you may ask? Well, it is exactly as its name suggests: a replication of a past show in a new venue, and this time it was on Miami Beach in a fully custom set and scene.
Vlad and I were invited by Chanel to experience the show and see the items that are available now in stores in Miami, which will be available worldwide beginning tomorrow, November 8th. This collection is reminiscent of years past, with on-the-nose accessories that are playful yet functional, and this plays off the codes of the House from years past. Of course, there were very classic pieces, with lots of tweed and colors that you’d expect for a Cruise collection, but there were also novelty bags.
The New Chanel Cruise Novelty Bags Delight
Tennis bags meant for full-sized racquets and ping-pong-sized racquets were slung over the back of models’ bodies. There were motorcycle helmet bags that sauntered down the runway while the music was overlain with the noises of motorcycles whizzing by. The collection is fresh, clean, and effortless while intricately over-the-top; that is just how Chanel likes it.
Just as the final walkthrough took place, a quick Miami shower passed over, and everything felt perfectly imperfect and magical all at once. Many times, it is events like these that make me remember exactly what the brand is selling us. While it is a bag or any other item, there is a story and feeling behind it all. That makes the bags we carry so special, especially when you get a special part of a really extraordinary collection.