I believe Virgine Viard has one of the toughest jobs in the world - to fill in the shoes of a fashion maestro whose void is yet felt by the fashion industry. In Karl Lagerfeld's rein of over 30 years at Chanel, he built a fashion house which was one of the most revered in the world.

Last week Virgine Viard, Chanel's artistic director made her solo debut at the Chanel Cruise show. Having been Karl's right hand and left hand as Karl did put it, she must have had to walk on a very thin line while showcasing her take on Chanel, yet respecting her mentor’s fashion concepts, as the world watched the most awaited show of the season.

The Chanel template stayed intact - quilting, tweed skirt suits, bouclé, monochrome, pastels, the costume jewels. What Viard altered were the cuts and fabrics. The classic Chanel skirt suits became mordern with usage of towel tweed while the skirts were short in length with uneven pockets giving the look a chic contemprary edge. There was an easiness in the cotton culotte pants that remained constant in a lot of the looks, the dresses were tiered in a lighter fabric. She did get out that Chloé girl in her (having worked there under Karl) with big bows on tops and small ones on belts.
Big bags made a comeback and jackets in pops of colour over logo tights lent a vintage feel.

 The classics came with a twist for a mordern, feminine look. This seemed to be Viard’s take on what I believe were Karl’s concepts but of course she could not have gone in a drastically different direction on the very first show,
out of respect for him.

What she needs is time. Time to find her own vision for the house of Chanel and to establish herself as a designer in her own right. With an impeccable background of the understanding on haute couture to being Karl's third eye for all of her time in the fashion industry, the Chanel Spring Summer 2020 collection will be one to watch out for.

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