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Female Singapore|October 2021
A club might connote glitz and glamour, but for Virginie Viard – artistic director of Chanel where effortlessness has always been a cornerstone – it’s also a space that allows one to be informal and truly free. Presented at the French nightlife institution Chez Castel, the brand’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection is an ode to “cool Parisian chic” spanning the ’70s to now. Here, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its make and low-key magic.
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A house icon and fundamental since the ’50s, the brand’s tweed jacket – modelled after men’s Austrian jackets and meant to offer freedom of movement when worn with a slim skirt – gets an opulent makeover. The one here features the outer’s signature herringbone pattern recreated in sequinned embroidery; a silk lining with camellia motifs; and strass buttons to reflect light (and imbue a touch of disco).

Sportswear – or more specifically skiwear – influences add youthfulness and a jocular ease while Viard’s approach to costume jewellery is equally light-hearted: flirty metal drop earrings, pendants and even hand-chains embellished with trails of strass, pearls and charms to contrast the collection’s masculine tailoring.

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