Chanel Couture Fall 2023 was inspired by the everyday-idyllic atmosphere of Virginie Viard’s massed stroll of Parisiennes along the Seine.
Viard’s new design features Chanel as a lifestyle. She used Sans’s high-flown concepts, jokes, or theatrical gimmicks to capture the essence of Frenchness.
“Sophistication and simplicity, permanence and beauty” were phrases in her press release. Then she went about portraying it down to faithfully reflect the inimitable French beauty standard: perfect-not-perfect.
The Chanel fashion show featured models walking nonchalantly in their block-heeled Mary Janes, just as if wearing haute couture to walk the dog or pick up some flowers at the market was the most normal thing in the world.
The Chanel parade was led by Caroline de Maigret, best-selling author of “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are,” owning chic in her long, double-breasted navy tweed coat, hands trust in her pockets.
Among the Chanel designs is the daywear—narrow coats, the red tweed Principal boy jacket, the knee-length suits, and slightly Mod trouser suits—toggled inspired by the ’80s and the ’60s.
Also, a navy-flecked tweed coat dress stood out because it edged pale chiffon ruffle. This is because the Chanel haute couture is known for its wonder of savoir-faire.
The Chanel techniques need to be seen close up and explained in detail to understand the skills, the hours, and the arcane refinements of the materials.
At a distance, some of it did shine out across the quai: the gilded, patinated surface of a skirt suit, the 3D chiffon flowers in a dress glimpsed inside a plain coat, more flowers embroidered in multicolored sequins on the eveningwear.
In the finale, a pale café-au-lait chiffon party dress was lightly whipped into ruffles at the neck and finished with a black bow—a youthful confection that could only come from Chanel’s atelier flou.
Several celebrities attended the Chanel couture. Below are front-row looks of celebrities at the Chanel couture fall 2023 show
Vanessa Seward and Bertrand Burgalat