The Chanel 2023 cruise show debuted this week on the shoreline of Monaco, set at Hotel Monte-Carlo Beach. Creative director Virginie Viard was inspired by Monaco itself and the deep-rooted connection that both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld had with the locale. Many elements from Monaco were woven into the collection—after all, it’s a place inherent to the history of Chanel. Micro bags appeared with slot machine embellishments, footwear incorporated elements from Monte-Carlo ballet dancers’ pointe shoes, and tennis bags integrated the sporty atmosphere of the area. Most notably, the Monaco Grand Prix inspired jumpsuits, racer helmets, and motorsport baseball caps—further proof that Formula 1 is making a mark on fashion and the sport is set to draw even more fans amongst style insiders.
Chanel’s runway collection always has a big impact on fashion and I’m already predicting some trends inspired by the cruise show that early adopters will start wearing immediately. Ahead, see the major trends that I predict will have the biggest impact and shop pieces to wear now.
Casual, functional athletic sneakers got the Chanel treatment in the 2023 resort collection. Finished in white with gold and silver accents with a CC logo, the sneakers tap into the rising running sneaker trend that is already gaining traction amongst the fashion set. Paired with everything from micro miniskirts to tweed skirt sets, the sneakers are intended to be styled with looks that go beyond athleisure. If you don’t want to wait for the Chanel version to drop, you can tap into the trend with athletic sneakers currently on the market.
With more and more tennis collections dropping from designers, it is clear that there is an appetite for athletic gear to wear on the courts. Chanel has offered its own take on tennis fashion, debuting racket bags, both in standard and micro sizes. Hitting the courts has never looked so good.
Baseball caps are the trend that just won’t quit. While simple, classic styles have been in for the last several years, Chanel offers a cool take on the accessory with novelty versions finished with Formula 1 inspiration that taps into the history of the motorsport. If you’re investing in a new baseball cap, look for cool pieces finished with luxe tweeds, nods to specific locales, and elements that make them feel unique.
One of the biggest color trends from the F/W 22 runways was pink. It turns out that the color is continuing beyond fall into resort 2023 because it was one of the strongest shades on the Chanel runway. Cool, fresh, and a dose of fun, now is the time to snap up all things in shades of pink.
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If you needed further convincing to add maxi hemlines into your wardrobe, this is it. Chanel ushered in maxi dresses in a range of styles from casual pieces to elegant eveningwear, confirming that floor sweeping lengths are here to stay.