DUBAI: Creative director Virginie Viard presented Chanel’s grand prix-inspired Cruise 2023 collection to a star-studded front row in Monaco.
Franco-Algerian model Loli Bahia, one of the stars of the season, opened Thursday’s show, which took place in Monte Carlo against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.
The rising star wore a red and white tweed blazer and trousers paired with a metallic silver shirt and an embroidered tweed dad cap.
Bahia was joined by Chanel show personalities Jill Cortleve, Mariam de Vinzelle and British-Moroccan model Nora Attal, who appeared on the catwalk wearing a flowing monochrome dress printed with checkered racing flags and matching a black belt at the waist and a shoulder bag.
Bahia and Attal weren’t the only models of North African origin to parade.
Franco-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri made her runway debut in Monaco for Chanel.
The ‘French Dispatch’ star’s refusal to walk the runway comes just a day after her role in Chanel’s trailer for its latest cruise collection filmed by Sofia and Roman Coppola in Monaco.
The 29-year-old house favorite and Chanel brand ambassador made her runway debut wearing a white logo terrycloth jumpsuit that was partially unbuttoned, revealing a red checkered top underneath.
Cars and clothing have a long intertwined history, thanks to the longstanding relationship between fashion and the automotive industry, with designers often turning to the road when creating their collections and runway looks.
Chanel is the latest brand to take inspiration from the automotive industry.
His latest collection is punctuated with pieces you would find on the stands of grand prix or Daytona 500s. There are racing suits, flag patterns, checkerboard patterns, leather vests, dad hats embroidered and racing gloves.
Meanwhile, some models walked the runway wearing Chanel racing helmets instead of handbags.
The fashion on the runway was matched only by the fashion in the front row as Chanel-clad runway guests arrived from all over the world. Models, actresses and Chanel brand ambassadors including Kristen Stewart, Charlotte Casiraghi, K-pop star G-Dragon and Vanessa Paradis flew to the French municipality dressed in pieces from the Parisian luxury house.
Stewart became a Chanel ambassador in 2013 and has since appeared in several advertising campaigns for the brand and on the red carpet dressed strictly Chanel. For the Monaco event, the 32-year-old opted for a sparkly mini dress accessorized with strappy black heels.