The beautiful looks of the Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2021 show are a tribute by creative director Virginie Viard to two artists from the Belle Époque.
Inspired by two 19th century artists, Berthe Morisot and Marie Laurencin, creative director Virginie Viard transferred expressive, picturesque elements into sumptuous tweeds and finely embroidered dresses for Chanel's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021 show.
In the beauty area, feminine codes were presented with a little something extra. Damien Boissinot conjured up braided mohawk hairstyles that pulled elegantly from the forehead over the models' heads and were tied at the back with large black bows - a trademark of the house - that waved in the wind behind them. That made a strong and somewhat punk impression but combined with the gentleness and femininity that ran through the entire collection.
“We were inspired by the artists of the Belle Époque [the period between 1871 and 1880 in French and European history],” says Boissinot. “Virginie wanted strong and sophisticated women with a pinch of rock'n'roll through their braids. We kept it in the Chanel style with the attached bows."
There was also a little rock'n'roll in the make-up: Heavily made-up eyes with dark blue eyeliner below and thick black winged eyeliner above. The skin remained dull, the lips neutral so that attention immediately returned to the eyes.