CRUISE 2021/22

carrières de lumières
les baux-de-provence

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The atmosphere at the cruise 2021/22 show

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Evoking the simplicity, precision and poetry of Jean Cocteau’s film Testament of Orpheus, the CHANEL Cruise 2021/22 collection by Virginie Viard is suffused with the extreme modernity of black and white. Amongst the limestone walls of the Carrières de Lumières, the collection embodies a play of contrasts between the sixties, rock and punk in the soft light of Les Baux-de-Provence.

Show playlist

Listen to the Cruise 2021/22 show playlist inspired by the spirit of the collection.

Musical performance
by Sébastien Tellier and guests

Following the CHANEL Cruise 2021/22 show by Virginie Viard, a musical performance by the musician and CHANEL ambassador Sébastien Tellier includes special guest appearances by Vanessa Paradis, Angèle, Charlotte Casiraghi and Juliette Armanet. The CHANEL ambassadors and friends of the House joined him on stage for an intimate moment in the relaxed village atmosphere of Les Baux-de-Provence in the south of France. 

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A preview of the collection

Directed by Inez & Vinoodh, Lola Nicon brings Gabrielle Chanel’s Paris apartment at 31 rue Cambon to life in an evocative series of moving portraits.

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From Cocteau to Coco
From the bestiary in her apartment to his film ‘Testament of Orpheus’.
Two free spirits with their own singular worlds, and an herbarium from Provence as an invitation to travel.

The film of the CHANEL Cruise 2021/22 show at the Carrières de Lumières will be revealed on Tuesday May 4th at 6pm, Paris time.

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In a wilderness, just below the eye of the sun glistening in the blue sky, is a place of shadow and light. Is it a subterranean castle, an underground cathedral carved by giants, a fairy tomb where dreams come to life? Whatever it may be, it is a place for poets.

One of them went down there one day. He was captivated by what he saw. These ancient quarries were fast asleep. He woke them up. He projected his fantastic visions onto their smooth, white and blonde stone walls.Men with horses' heads, a flower offered to a goddess, a photo that is reconstituted in the flames, a female sphinx with outstretched wings and a bare chest.

The poet was called Jean Cocteau.
His vision was “Testament of Orpheus”.

A film of absolute poetry, written not with ink but with light, and which Gabrielle Chanel's spirit is revisiting today. In a continuation of their intense friendship.

Two free spirits, each with their unique allure, mad about lines, one carving out the rhythm of fabrics, the other the pleats and folds of sentences.
Two soul mates who found each other without looking, drawn magnetically to one other by their love of style and a passion for bestiaries. Griffins and centaurs for him; lions, two-headed eagles and deer for her, running on the lacquer of her Coromandel screens or poised over the magic water of her mirrors at rue Cambon. “Mirrors would do well to reflect,” he would say, mischievously.

She dressed his characters. He covered her fashion with words, “this pretext for disobedience”.
From Cocteau to Coco, there are just a few letters. They wrote to each other. “From heart to heart.” A few letters, and a star.
The one that Jean signed his admirable missives to his “Dear Coco”.
The one that Mademoiselle sent him in return for his Immortal's Sword [a ceremonial sword awarded by the Académie Française], in the centre of a lyre, “a little absinthe star fallen from the sky of our friendship”, he wrote to her. This star was an emerald, and it watched us.

In “Testament of Orpheus”, the eye plays an important role, as does knowing how to see. With all one's soul. For Cocteau, only the invisible can really be seen.

Now close your eyes, then open them wide. So that you can finally, as Cocteau says in “Testament of Orpheus”, “dream the same dream together”. In this place of shadow and light.

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Inside Gabrielle Chanel’s
Paris apartment
at 31 rue Cambon,
as seen by Inez & Vinoodh

photographs by inez & vinoodh

The Testament of Orpheus
© 1959 Studiocanal - All rights reserved

‘Lucien Clergue, The horseman in ‘The Testament of Orpheus’ by Jean Cocteau, Quarries in les Baux-de-Provence, 1959 © Atelier Lucien Clergue 2021.’

With special thanks to the Jean Cocteau Committee

Illustration by Luke Edward Hall