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Luchita Hurtado, "Untitled (Birthing)," 2019, acrylic on canvas, 24 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches; © Luchita Hurtado, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
Portrait of Titus Kaphar by John Lucas.
Titus Kaphar, "The distance between what we have and what we want," 2019, Oil on canvas, 108 x 84 1/4 inches; © Titus Kaphar, photo by Christopher Gardener, courtesy of the artist.
Luchita Hurtado, "Untitled," circa 1970s, graphite and charcoal on paper, 18 x 24 inches; © Luchita Hurtado, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
Theaster Gates, "To be titled" (detail), 2020, Torchdown, wood, enamel paint and tar, 72 x 72 inches; © Theaster Gates, photo by Chris Strong, courtesy of Gagosian.
Theaster Gates, "A Mangled Passing," 2019, Decommissioned fire hose and steel, 55 x 54 x 7 1/2 inches; © Theaster Gates, photo by Robert McKeever, courtesy of Gagosian.
Luchita Hurtado, "Untitled," circa 1970s, crayon, graphite, and ink on paper, 23 3/4 x 18 inches; © Luchita Hurtado, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
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Chanel Opens the Doors of Le Palace for Haute Couture FW21

By Eliza Jordan

July 8, 2020

Yesterday from Paris, Chanel digitally debuted its haute couture Fall/Winter 2021 collection. Ever since Virginie Viard took over as Creative Director last year, she has looked to the history of the house for inspiration—typically found in the unique character of its founder, Gabrielle Chanel. This time, however, she looked to her late predecessor, Karl Lagerfeld, for edge, spunk, and sophistication.

“I was thinking about a punk princess coming out of Le Palace at dawn,” said Viard. “With a taffeta dress, big hair, feathers, and lots of jewelry. This collection is more inspired by Karl Lagerfeld than Gabrielle Chanel. Karl would go to Le Palace; he would accompany these very sophisticated and very dressed up women, who were very eccentric too.”

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Luchita Hurtado, "Untitled (Birthing)," 2019, acrylic on canvas, 24 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches; © Luchita Hurtado, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

Le Palace opens its imaginative doors to thirty looks, presented in gorgeous images captured by Swedish photographer Mikael Jansson. Dark and raw, bright and splendid, the photos guide us through an array of looks that flirt with both opulence and simplicity. Viard’s mind wandered through an array of inspirations—like German paintings and heroines from the 19th century—that resulted in luxe looks of tweed wondrously embellished with stones, sequins, and beads.

Short dresses cinched at the waist, bolero jackets, corolla skirts, and tweed blazers with contemporary twists are complemented by long drop-waist dresses, black trouser suits with diamond braid detailing, and matching sets reminiscent of another era. Some looks, too, are even complemented by precious jewels from the house’s high jewelry collections.

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Portrait of Titus Kaphar by John Lucas.

This collection is in stark contrast with the last haute couture collection by Viard which was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s upbringing in the abbey at Aubazine. “I like working like this, going in the opposite direction of what I did last time” she continued. “I wanted complexity, sophistication.”

To complete the virtual presentation, Jansson created videos for five key looks, available online. And tomorrow, the house is presenting a mini-documentary of three episodes shot in the haute couture ateliers.

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Titus Kaphar, "The distance between what we have and what we want," 2019, Oil on canvas, 108 x 84 1/4 inches; © Titus Kaphar, photo by Christopher Gardener, courtesy of the artist.

“For me, Haute Couture is romantic by its very essence,” Viard added. “There is so much love in each one of these silhouettes.”

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Luchita Hurtado, "Untitled," circa 1970s, graphite and charcoal on paper, 18 x 24 inches; © Luchita Hurtado, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.
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