From Margot Robbie’s bikini top to retro bikinis, here’s what went down at Chanel’s Los Angeles fashion show.
The spirit of Coco Chanel returned to Hollywood as the iconic French luxury brand showcased its much-anticipated Cruise 2024 collection at the historic Paramount Studios. Amidst an ongoing strike by the Writers Guild, Chanel brought together a star-studded audience and created an Instagrammable experience that perfectly captured the essence of both Hollywood glamour and the brand’s signature style. The collection, designed by Virginie Viard, paid homage to the Golden Age of cinema while infusing a contemporary twist inspired by the world of fitness and athleticism.
The Chanel Cruise 2024 was definitely an ode to the sporty era, roller skating gliding effortlessly beside the beach and the glitzy athleisure attire of Beverly Hills housewives. Models walked out to Jerry Goldsmith’s provocative opening song from the 1992 noir film “Basic Instinct,” not in Mademoiselle’s LBDs, but in Hollywood glam-gone-to-the-gym.
“The idea is to offer a breath of fresh air, a voyage, a light-hearted and happy fantasy. Between a tribute to the glamour of great film stars and evoking the world of fun to be had with aerobics, sports, and roller skating, between the dream on one hand and what you want on the other, it’s all a question of balance,” said Chanel artistic director Virginie Viard in the collection’s show notes. And she also added the inspiration for the cruise collection, “From John Travolta to Jane Fonda, so many actresses, the body, the gym, aerobics,” “Un per sport, un peu tweed.”
The collection featured a series of swimsuits paired with sneakers with thick rubber soles and covered with sparkly leg warmers, referring to the gym craze of the ‘80s, a là the 1985 film “Perfect”. There were also double-C cutout bikinis with sneakers, hot pants, flirty bouclé suits, crystal-edged dolphin shorts, comet-embroidered high-cut leotards, Barbie pink tweed short shorts, bustiers, minidresses, tank tops, jackets, coats, chiffon dresses in bold camellia prints, bedazzled bodysuits, tailored crop tops, basketball-style short, leather button-up dress, and leg warmers. Footwear included daintier lace-up leather boxing style shoes, crystal-encrusted ankle strap high-heeled sandals, round-toe ankle-strap heels, disco light-up heels, sparkly heels, patent leather ballet flats, and more. The collection’s palette ranges from pastels and saturated hues, including shades of bubble-gum pink, eggplant, and yellow with pops of blue and gold.
The show had one of the most stunning celebrities in attendance on the front row, like Margot Robbie, Paris Hilton, Riley Keough, Lucy Boynton, Rose Byrne, Kristen Stewart, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sofia Richie Grainge, Nike Rogers, Kim Petras, and a slew of others. The show also had Snoop Dogg’s live performance.
Paris Hilton attended Chanel’s resort 2024 show in Los Angeles. Hilton donned an open-knit dress and matching cardigan by the French label. She paired her Barbiecore-inspired pink ensemble with a matching tweed bag, cream patent leather heels and layered pearl necklaces, all by the French Maison. Hilton’s makeup included white eyeshadow and pink glossy lips, as well as a touch of matching blush.
See some of the looks from Chanel’s 2024 Cruise collection.