No one does a fashion show quite like Chanel. Period. Known for its over-the-top, often themed presentations, the showing of each new collection feels more like a day at the theater than a fashion show. This season’s Cruise 2023 show was presented yesterday in Monte Carlo.
Much of Chanel’s history is accented by cities and places that offer a certain inspiration, contributing to the formation of Chanel’s most notable House codes. These places not only enhance creativity and provide inspiration, but in many ways, they have shaped the brand, helping to identify what it means to be a Chanel Girl.
Chanel and Monte-Carlo
Monte-Carlo is one of those special places. Chanel’s love affair with Monaco began more than 100 years ago, when Gabrielle Chanel first became inspired by the magical location, bringing back to the house a certain je ne sais quoi, which was further expanded upon by Karl Lagerfeld.
For Cruise 2023, Chanel returns to Monte-Carlo, taking inspiration from Monaco’s relaxed, beachy lifestyle and bright Mediterranean sun. Overall, the collection oozes an air of a carefree summer filled with boat days, beach nights, and drinks by the pool. Virginie Viard brings the spirit of sophistication and freedom felt in the French Riviera to Chanel.
“To me, Monaco is a matter of feelings above all. That’s Karl, Caroline, Charlotte. From very early on, I knew we would hold a show there, and more precisely at the Beach Hotel.” -Virginie Viard
Chanel Cruise 2023
Ready-to-wear is textured, with a sporty but sleek feel. There’s plenty of classic Chanel tweed, silk, and even terry cloth. Colors and prints embody the European obsession with motorsports (red, black, white, and checkered black/white patterns), and even some of the silhouettes feel that same inspiration. Sequins and flowers juxtapose the sporty feel, giving the collection the bit of feminine flair you’d expect from Chanel.
As for the bags, well, the novelty of Chanel is back with this collection, and the spirit of Karl Lagerfeld’s days at the helm of the brand is truly felt. Bags are shaped like tennis racquets. Models toted real helmets and tiny handbag versions of them too. There was even a tiny slot machine bag.
Wearable silhouettes of varying shapes were also seen throughout in the brand’s most iconic House staple: quilted calfskin. There were mini and micro bags galore, too, alongside new shapes that will actually hold your phone like a quilted hobo shoulder bag with a front flap pocket. View bags from the runway below, courtesy of Chanel.Look 1 Look 2 and 3