Last June following months of lockdown and uncertainty for all of us, Chanel presented its Cruise collection in a digital format for the first time ever. As a brand that relies heavily on the art of the fashion show as a character in and of itself, it was both unique and sad to see the collection presented with such little fanfare. Now, the art of the show is back at Chanel for Cruise, and it is back in a big way. The brand presented its Cruise 2021/22 collection earlier this week at the Carrières de Lumières or Quarries of Light, which is located in the South of France. Made up of beautiful white limestone caves that resemble little rooms, the stunning location served as a monumental backdrop for the Chanel Cruise 2021/22 show.

The venue evokes the simplicity and precision of the collection, playing on the contrast of the modernity of the black and white pieces that were presented with nods to the era of punk rock. The RTW overall is playful and fun, featuring odes to the past such as tweed suiting paired with graphic punk rock tees, fishnets and spaghetti strap dresses. The collection feels youthful and fresh but in a way that’s relatable.

As for the bags, the collection is full of fresh takes on wearable neutrals with detailing such as chains, color blocking and fringe. Luxe fabrics like tweed and velvet also adorn flap bags, offering a new and wearable take on classic silhouettes. Flap bags with a twist are some of the collections most covetable, and wearable pieces, like a black and white color-blocked Classic Flap as well as one that features gold hardware detailing. Chanel under Virginie Viard is far more demure than in the past, but Viard is an expert at creating pieces that the consumer wants, ones that work for day to day wear and beyond. The Cruise 2021/22 collection will likely hit stores in November, but until then take a look below at every bag from the runway.

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Aspen
Aspen
1 year ago

The bags with the pearls in between the C’s look like a forever 21 knock off. Their bags are honestly just not it anymore. I’ve seen so many in store that I can’t believe made it onto the shelves for purchase. The new mini vanity looks like a bad nightmare replica. Some of the flap bags are lopsided and the finishing on them gives them a plastic appearance. What’s the point of using full grain leather (which I doubt many houses use anymore) only to cover it with a plastic coating?

Hera
Hera
1 year ago

I’m finding myself already looking for quality issues with these bags, while wondering what ridiculous price tag they will have lol! Like, isn’t that fluffy pink bag quite wonky…? I think I can now honestly say that Chanel has ruined it for me with their carelessness… if that is the first thing that comes to my mind on a new collection

Jerri R
Jerri R
1 year ago

I would get the hatbox one, it is adorable. Others are just the emperor’s new crap.

Amy
Amy
1 year ago

The concept of a vanity case as a bag always seemed so strange to me, bulky and impractical. I’ve never seen one worn in the wild ?????

Candee
Candee
1 year ago

They are all beautiful and the “leg bag” is intriguing.

anna
anna
1 year ago

cruise 22 looks very grunge ;P

FH
FH
1 year ago

I like the jewellery more than the bags.

Tana
Tana
1 year ago
Reply to  FH

right, I want to wear like #17. What we should call, the belly-lace? belly-chain? haha!

lalarey
lalarey
1 year ago

the black with white stripe has my name on it. The pink velvet one looks like something my two year old would play with.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
1 year ago

The bags in pictures 6 and 13 are my favorites. The rest are okay. To be honest, the clothing is underwhelming as well.

Sandy
Sandy
1 year ago

I like the soft flap with the new hardware. I love the pointy toe wedge boots so much. I don’t get the fabric bag with the threads poking out at all, would never want that, just looks like your bag is ruined.

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