Prepare for takeoff.
Chanel will take you on a wild ride this summer with their newest Cruise 2020/21 collection ‘Balade en Méditerranée’ (or ‘A trip around the Mediterranean’), inspired by holiday outfits worn by celebrated actresses during the 1960s.
The collection blooms with spirited, laid-back glamour and is touched with buoyant finesse, featuring lightweight materials and looks, and serving multipurpose uses.
“Initially I had Capri in mind, where the show was supposed to take place but didn’t happen in the end because of lockdown,” says Virginie Viard, a French designer of Chanel. “So we had to adapt: not only did we decide to use fabrics that we already had, but the collection, more generally, evolved towards a trip around the Mediterranean… The islands, the scent of the eucalyptus, the pink shades of the bougainvillaea.”
Boasting many adaptable pieces, the clothing line from the collection can easily mix and match, creating various different ensembles to break free from one single style rut. Long skirts can be transformed into strapless dresses, or a bandeau top and jeans that can be converted into a déshabillé. Bags and accessories too offer much versatility, and a fresh burst of Southern European colours. Scroll ahead to see a few of our top picks.