Ringing the petal-strewn runway were socially distanced chairs, each set with a freshly cut white camellia, as Covid-tested celebrity guests and Chanel ambassadors Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Caroline de Maigret, Lily-Rose Depp and her mother, Vanessa Paradis, Charlotte Casiraghi, Joana Preiss, Izïa Higelin, and Alma Jodorowsky took their seats. Corbijn and his crew captured the scene via drone and hand-held cameras as a remix of Be My Baby by Linda Ronstadt played on the sound system.
And as is inevitably the case with family gatherings, thoughts for those not present lingered in the air. “This atmosphere reminds me of weddings in the south of Spain, the south of France and Italy. It’s a very Mediterranean feeling; it’s all about family,” said Cruz. “I was raised like that; family is the most important thing to me. I know that Virginie feels the same way, and so did Karl.”
Cruz recalled accompanying Lagerfeld to a dinner at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago, when the designer turned to an aide and said, in French, that he wanted her to do the next Cruise campaign. “I never spoke French with him, but I understood, and I pretended I didn’t. It was my dream to work with him, and now with Virginie. She keeps the essence of Chanel, and Karl, and yet is so fresh and original and modern and cool because that’s who she is. With Virginie, what you see is what you get — there is honesty in her work, and you can feel it.”