Unseen Before: Chanel Show Opened By a Horse Riding Princess

A Monégasque princess and granddaughter of legendary Grace Kelly opened Chanel Haute Couture Show in France riding a horse down the runway.

Chanel's Spring/Summer haute couture show began in a spectacular way! Charlotte Casiraghi, Chanel ambassador and emeritus rider who has participated in many riding championships, created a viral moment when she appeared on the back of her eight-year-old Spanish bay horse, Kuskus.

Dressed in a black tweed jacket with jeweled buttons from the collection, Casiraghi trotted down the runway at the beginning of an incendiary show in front of a crowd that included Pharrell Williams and Margot Robbie.

Who Is The Equestrian Princess?

Charlotte Casiraghi is an experienced horsewoman. Over the years, she has participated in many global champions tours and has been actively involved in equestrianism at home in Monaco.
Unseen Before: Chanel Show Horse Riding Princess
In 2020, Casiraghi was unveiled as Chanel's latest brand ambassador. She made her official debut in December 2020.
"Sealing a long relationship based on trust and friendship, started by Karl Lagerfeld and continued today by Virginie Viard, Charlotte Casiraghi will become an ambassador and spokesperson for the House from January 1st, 2021," Chanel announced that time.

Channel at Paris Fashion Week: Fresh and Feminine

The Chanel Spring-Summer 2022 Haute Couture show, imagined by Virginie Viard, took place at the Grand Palais Éphémère, in a setting designed by Xavier Veilhan. Sébastien Tellier, author-composer and friend of the Chanel House, performed a series of new tracks specially composed for the occasion on oversized instruments.

After the parade of Charlotte Casiraghi, the models walked on the sand in gray-black shoes, inspired by the '20s with low heels. The stage was designed to be "part landscape, part garden, and part open theatre stage", Chanel said. The visual artist Xavier Veilhan included horse motifs in his work, and also inflatable toys and elements of a mini-golf course.

The presentation was of a fresh wardrobe, drawing the perfect contours of femininity according to Chanel. Full of contrasts, the spring-summer 2022 haute couture wardrobe combined the lightness of signature airy dresses with a few special details like colored buttons or straps enhanced with pearls and chains, says Vogue.

Each look was slightly fancier than the last, in subtle gradations. The rigid construction of the tweed jackets was balanced by the lightness of the steamy skirts. Evening dresses, adorned with feathers were a spectacle of contrasts and transparencies.

"It’s a summer collection, so it’s very fresh, even with a lot of embroideries," explained Chanel’s artistic director Virginie Viard on the eve of the presentation of her new collection.
"I was inspired by the ’20s a little—the feathers, the fringe," Viard continued, "the feminine side of the Constructivists, the girl inside!"

The central piece of the collection was a dress entirely embroidered by Lesage with constructivist camellias in black, white, and coral beads, worn with a little black jacket. As for accessories: white Mary Janes in the 1920s style, brought up to date.

The wedding dress, the latest in the haute couture show, was white, long, simple, and refined, accompanied by a bouquet of blue flowers - a tribute to actor Gaspard Ulliel who died last week at the age of 37 in an accident. Uliel was the image of the perfume "Bleu de Chanel".

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