Uni | A Cruise Without Karl

I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the Chanel cruise 2020 show. I was intrigued to see how Virginie Viard would go about writing the next chapter in the history of Chanel, after the passing of Karl Lagerfeld in February who had been at the house for 36 years. Despite Viard working alongside Karl for 30 years, I wasn’t sure how she would go about this first collection without him and if she would go in a whole new direction or stay true to his vision.

The atmosphere however I felt was a little off, compared to previous shows. I didn’t feel the sense if togetherness and excitement, although this may be down to nerves and people being a little apprehensive of what was to come. This also could be down the grandness of the venue itself.

THE INVITATION

Information printed on plain white card to symbolise the freshness and almost blank slate that new creative director Virginie Viard has going into the next chapter of Chanel.

THE THEME

All aboard the Chanel express! This year’s show was held at the Grand Palais in Paris, and the theme was staged around the Beaux-Arts style train station. What I loved about the show from the beginning, before I even saw the clothes was that Lagerfeld feel. Karl was known for his incredible themes and sets, most of my all time favourite Cruise shows are Chanel, and I’m so glad they continued this. I took the train station theme as the brand starting a new journey, but it has been said to symbolise “the promise of an adventure”.

THE COLLECTION

The show was a total of 79 different looks, and it honestly did not disappoint. I loved the pastel colour palette and how each look blended into the other, much like the view of the sunset on your train journey home. I also loved how some of the Chanel classics from Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel made a comeback with a fresh new look.

It’s started with workwear looks that seemed to be inspired by those of station workers, from long line coats to Victorian blouses. We then saw a transition into knitwear, it was very minimalistic but chic. Then slowly but surely we started to see some colour come through with some neon pieces. After that the looks ranged from waxed coats to asymmetric dresses. I wasn’t a fan of the two toned colour block heels however the bags made up for that.

I have attached some of my favourite looks below.

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I was a little disappointed with the lack of diversity in the casting of the models, but that really isn’t anything new. I’ve been waiting in anticipation for the Chanel cruise 2020 show. I was intrigued to see how Virginie Viard would go about writing the next chapter in the history of Chanel, after the passing of Karl Lagerfeld in February who had been at the house for 36 years. Despite Viard working alongside Karl for 30 years, I wasn’t sure how she would go about this first collection without him and if she would go in a whole new direction or stay true to his vision.

What did you all think of the show? Leave your comments below

Love always

AHVB X

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