Chanel's Fall 2020 Collection Resurrected Karl Lagerfeld's Iconic Designs From 1994
Chanel's creative director, Virginie Viard, continues to bring the famed fashion house into a youthful and experimental new era. While always paying homage to the brand's signature boxy bouclé skirt suits, the Fall/Winter 2020 collection seemed to reference Anna Wintour's first ever cover for American Vogue — the 1988 November issue, featuring model Michaela Bercu and photographed by Peter Lindbergh.
That iconic '88 Vogue cover had Bercu styled in a black Christian Lacroix Couture Fall 1988 jacket with a large, multicolor beaded cross on the centre of the bust. A very similar beaded cross design is referenced heavily throughout Viard's collection for Chanel Fall 2020.
Many of the new season bouclé co-ordinating sets featured small beaded crosses on the centre of the bust, as well as multicolor beaded cross necklaces, bracelets, and details on embellished pouch bags. Wintour's '88 cover shoot might have positioned Lacroix's jacket firmly in fashion history, but Chanel Fall 2020 also referenced its own Spring 1994 designs by Karl Lagerfeld. Fall 2020 included similar beaded brooches, and bouclé bustiers once worn by Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer in the '90s and now modelled by this generation's runway darlings Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber.
Ahead, take a closer look at Chanel Fall/Winter 2020.