Five thoughts about Chanel's Jean Cocteau-inspired cruise 2022 collection
The Chanel cruise 2022 collection was almost entirely done in black and white.
It may be such an overused word, but the Chanel cruise 2022 collection was chic in the best way possible. And it had largely to do with how the entire collection was quite a thorough black-and-white affair; the colour palette hardly ever goes south stylistically. From loungey pleated trousers paired with a beautifully wrapped scarf top to printed dresses and kaftans perfect for a resort holiday (or staycation), artistic director Virginie Viard made clever choices to ensure that the colour palette didn't result in a bleak (as the combination could tend to be) collection. Standouts include look 30's knit combination, and a super chic shoulder-baring dress as seen on look 41.
Who is Jean Cocteau?
For the uninitiated, Jean Cocteau was a multi-disciplinary French artist who was most known for his works as a poet and filmmaker. Viard took reference from Cocteau's film Le Testament d'Orphée (in English: Testament of Orpheus), a black-and-white film with colour splashed in in spaces, for the staging as well as the colour palette for Chanel's cruise 2022 collection. The collection's film took place in the exact same location as a scene in Cocteau's film: the Carrières de Lumières, in France's Les Baux-de-Provence. And the result was the perfect backdrop for a collection that embodied moments of modernity and serenity with infusions of colour interspersed in between.
There were fringes and pieces that embodied a rockstar edge.
These may have seemed rather off-kilter — especially in a collection that was quite serene — but there was a reason for them. Viard interpreted Cocteau's rather esoteric elements of storytelling as details that clashed and broke away from the rest of the collection. And if you watch even a snippet of Le Testament d'Orphée, you'd understand where Viard was going with all the fringes and rock concert-esque T-shirts. Yeah, we're talking about horse-headed people and massive winged beings — definitely not something that's expected.
The print du jour would definitely have to be a mosaic of Chanel icons.
When you're a massive fashion house like Chanel, signature emblems are aplenty. The cruise 2022 collection celebrated all things Chanel with a monochromatic print that included some of the house's icons. Things like the camellia flower, double-C bejewelled pendant, as well as the house's signature perfume bottle, took the form of a multi-layered doodle print that any ardent Chanel fan would most definitely want a piece of.
Bags so small you could've missed them.
You're on a cruise (to nowhere) or staying horizontal at the poolside somewhere, why would you need a big bag for? The cruise 2022 collection's offerings ran across small crossbody bags to mini ones that were either worn as a belt bag or just slung across to fit the most bare of essentials. Everything else is simply unnecessary for Chanel's cruise 2022 collection.