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Chanel old and new wows at Cannes

Jennie Kim and Lily-Rose Depp keep the the year of Chanel going at the film festival

It’s just three weeks since the fashion world cooed at a slew of iconic Chanel looks on the red carpet of the Met Gala, as the Karl Lagerfeld tribute-fest saw A-listers become coat-hangers for a roster of the Paris house’s best-loved looks.

As attention switches to Cannes in the South of France, the storied fashion house has once again bathed in the lens cap flare of a thousand paparazzi. This time it was a duo of high profile women who fronted up for the brand. 

At the 76th Cannes Festival Gen-Z favourites K-Pop star, Jennie Kim and actor, Lily-Rose Depp wowed in Chanel for the premiere of The Idol. The duo made for  startling contrast as Depp leant into the Chanel legacy by wearing an archive dress, while Kim went for a 2020 confection from the Paris powerhouse.  

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Seen in a baby blue flower ornamented little black dress, Lily-Rose Depp wowed the crowd with vintage FW1994 RTW. The vintage 1994 LBD was previously seen on legendary 1990s model, Christy Turlington. Following in the footsteps of Turlington, Depp kept the sheer gloves and tights but added her casual It Girl flair with a simple bun. Her natural flair did not end there as she was seen fleeing the scene with a cigarette in hand. 

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Jennie Kim meanwhile wore a lace detailed dress from the 2020 Haute Couture collection originally modelled by Kaia Gerber. She exuded feminine grace, pairing the white dress with a black bow in her hair and matching bow-detail heels.

“I love that the House of Chanel dresses its ambassadors in both the latest Virginie Viard’s designs and Lagerfeld’s archival works. It shows that the brand focuses on continuity and is faithful to its DNA,” says Piotr Szostak, style-watcher and curator for @chanel_archive an Instagram dedicated to featuring the brand’s archives. As a pair, the duo managed to contrast the old and the new, illustrating respect for the past and current designs that is adored by vintage experts.

As 2023 continues to lean into the Paris brand and its legacy, for many fans of the fashion house, this wave of interest honours the past of both founder Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, the man who revived it. Szostak says: “For many fans, finding the outfits that are currently appearing on the red carpet in the archives is endless fun.”  

With The Idol stars in elegantly juxtaposed black vintage and white modern Chanel ensembles, it’s no doubt they are the yin and yang duo of Chanel. 

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