Chanel’s SS21 Show Took Micro Accessories to the Next Level



On October 6, Chanel kicked off the last day of this season’s Paris Fashion Week by reminding that big things can come in small, chic packages.

During Chanel’s Spring/Summer 21 show, which was held at the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées as it’s tradition, micro accessories caught our attention in a big way. Tiny bags ruled the show, seen both in the physical micro bags hanging off models’ shoulders and the small bags reimagined in the models’ jewelry. Some were big enough to still seem fairly usable while others called to mind Lizzo’s look from last year’s AMAs. Regardless of practicality, their stylishly eye-catching nature simply couldn’t be denied.



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In case it wasn’t clear from the Hollywood-style sign decorating the Grand Palais, the show was a celebration of the film stars who have inspired the label since its inception. As creative director Virginie Viard detailed in the show notes, “I was thinking about actresses at the photocall, on the red carpet, that moment when they’re being called to by the photographers: their faces a little distracted, their attitude a little out of sync with the outfits they’re wearing.”

Among a predominantly white and straight-size cast, Jill Kortleve stood out making her second appearance walking for Chanel. Jill had previously made waves earlier this year by being the first curve model to walk for Chanel in ten years, and just a few weeks ago, she was one of three curve models to walk the runway in Milan for Versace. For Chanel’s latest show, she’s back, showing off a pair of high-waisted, acid wash pink jeans accessorized with, you guessed it, a tiny bag. It’s nice to see Jill again in the show but, especially given how diverse other shows have been this season, the maison’s model selection does leave a bitter taste both in terms of melanin and sizing. Also raising a brow was the attendees’ distribution, who, despite COVID-19 regulations, seemed a little too close for comfort even in a big venue like the Grand Palais.



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But back to clothes. Youthful energy permeated the collection, felt not only in its many bermuda shorts and pale pinks but also in its extensive use of neon imagery and ‘90s-inspired looks, all combined with the classic tweed from the house. “I wanted it to be very joyful, colorful,” explained Viard, “and very vibrant too.” The collection’s various sequined pieces and mini dresses embodied this idea and kept the collection’s spirit high. To elevate the chicness a bit more Chanel also entrusted Dutch photography duo Inez and Vinoodh to create a teaser film for the collection, inspired, of course by films like Breathless (1960), A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Contempt (1963) and Pierrot le Fou (1965).

All in all, as the first show of the day, Chanel got us energized and ready to enjoy the rest of Paris Fashion Week’s final events, which include shows from Christopher John Rogers, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, and more. 

You can watch the Chanel SS21 show in full below:

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