On November 2nd 2021, Chanel presented its Cruise 2021/22 collection in Dubai, in the Dubai Creek Harbour district. The collection imagined by Virginie Viard was presented at a new setting draped in beige fabric punctuated with shadows and projections of olive branches, echoing the atmosphere of the first show unveiled last May at the Carrières de Lumières in the village of Les Baux-de-Provence, in the South of France.
The silhouettes of the collection evoke the simplicity and poetry of ‘Testament of Orpheus’, made in 1959 at the Carrières de Lumières by the poet, draughtsman, playwright and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, who was friends with Gabrielle Chanel. The atmosphere of the film inspired Virginie Viard to create a very sharp collection, with a distinct two-tone colour scheme, playing on the monochrome contrasts of the 60s, rock and punk.
Chanel ambassadors Penélope Cruz, Caroline de Maigret and Soo Joo Park attended the show along with the actors Sofia Boutella, Tara Emad, Ruba Zarour and Keean Johnson, the singers Faouzia and John Legend and the musician Kungs.
Guests were then invited to a setting with a refined atmosphere for a party hosted by DJs Wladimir Schall, Soo Joo Park and Kungs, before discovering a surprise performance by John Legend, joined on the piano by Faouzia.
The Chanel Cruise 2021/22 collection is already available in boutiques in the Middle East and from November 9th in the rest of the world.