"The setting for Chanel was a huge space dotted with eleven monumental wooden sculptures created by artist Xavier Veilhan, who was invited by Chanel's designer Virginie Viard to interpret the animals found in the decor of the apartment belonging to Gabrielle Chanel, at 31 Rue Cambon.
As the show began models emerged from the sculptures, creating a theatrical and beautiful moment for the collection, which showed the Chanel suit recast in the style of majorette girls, with top hats, bow ties, white gloves and laced ankle boots. When you looked closely you could see kittens, corgis, rabbits, dogs and swallows woven into the tweeds. For me, the highlights were these two dresses, the metallic gilded tweeds and fine beadwork really spoke to a Chanel couture customer who wants to wear it both for their working and social life.
I have clients in Hong Kong, Chanel Couture’s biggest market in the world, and women there want to wear couture to the office. So, it’s positive to see designers like Virginie Viard cater to them, and, of course, for couture to be viewed not just as a place to get a big gown.
The person I would most like to see dressed in this collection, is actor Anya Taylor-Joy."