Slip dresses, oversized vests, dad-cardigans and chunky Doc Martin boots continue to dominate the mainstream fashion aesthetic, so it was only a matter of time before another pre-millennium staple made its way onto the runway.
Heralding its return was none other than Chanel, which showcased the style in all its glory during its 2023 Cruise collection in Monte Carlo on May 5.
The show was filled with all of Chanel's usual staples. Tweed, clean-cut suit jackets and monochrome fits thundered down the runway, but combined with its subtle sporting references, Creative Director Virginie Viard set this collection apart.
Delicate white dresses with floral detailing, hair ribbons and chunky gold jewellery met sneakers that could have been a (albeit chic) staple in the wardrobe of Jerry Seinfeld. A smart white tweed blazer was accessorised with a tennis racket, and one model thumped down the runway in a boiler suit (Daniel Ricciardo is shaking), complete with a helmet.
As it turns out, the reference was a tribute to the very essence of Monaco, synonymous with sprawling beaches, bright light casinos and Grand Prix grandeur. Karl Lagerfeld, the late creative director of the brand used to spend his summers there—something that directly inspired Viard.
"I've been wanting to do the cruise show in Monaco for at least two years. In fact, I met Karl thanks to a friend of my parents who was an aide-de-camp to Prince Rainier, and who saw Karl at Charlotte's christening and asked him if he could use an intern," Viard said in a statement.
Chanel ambassador Kristen Stewart, who travelled to the luxe destination for the show added of the clothing: "It kind of reminds me of a time that I've never lived in, so suddenly, I feel nostalgic for high heels and bathing suits, and a lot of luxury—and that's definitely never been a part of my life."
At 32 years old, Stewart was a kid when shows like Seinfeld and Friends made dad-sneakers the on-screen norm—at least now she can appreciate them properly.
"[Viard] was clearly having so much fun. I found myself kind of laughing throughout the show. I was giggling the whole time — it makes you kind of giddy," Stewart added.
Beyond the sporting references, striking golden jewellery glistened against tweed textures, candy-coloured accessories also added a touch of vibrance to the brand's usual black and white palette.
With Chanel Cruise out of the way, Monaco now looks to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix as the next big event to draw the world's eyes. Luckily—and thanks to Chanel—they've got plenty of motorsport style inspiration to see them through it.