In April 2021, the House of Chanel began a collaboration with Belgian singer-songwriter and musician, Angèle, who has been a friend of the House and an ambassador for the brand since 2020, for the outfits of her Nonante-Cinq Tour.
Working with Virginie Viard herself very closely, the House created a custom array of stage costumes for the tour, taking inspiration from Chanel's famous Spring Summer 1995 Ready to Wear collection. The looks are comprised of two piece sets and playsuits in a range of colours, realised in tweed and sequins to marry Chanel's iconic silhouettes with Viard's rock-inspired influence on the House. The looks, many of which are pale pink, yellow, black, and white pieces, are made up of bustier tops with matching cropped tweed jackets, mini skirts reminiscent of the 1995 runway looks, and sequin rompers.
To celebrate the partnership, Chanel has released a ten-minute film directed by Loïc Prigent, exposing the creative process behind Angèle's stage outfits. For several months, the director filmed her initial conversations with Virginie Viard and the Creation studio, the preparation of her tour, backstage at her first concert in Reims and her performance at the Parisian festival, We Love Green.
“When I talk to Virginie, I feel like we know each other, we understand each other, and it's easy. She’s such a precious personality for this kind of project,” says Angèle. “It was a real collaboration, which made it a human experience and an incredible adventure. In fact it was this bond and the discussions about our shared desires that made it possible to create these costumes for my tour. Wearing unique designs on stage, imagined by CHANEL with this 90's inspiration that means so much to me... I couldn't
have imagined better.”
In the film, which you can watch below, Angèle is captured between visits to the atelier, where the first stages of the looks are fitted with her performances in mind, to the moments before she walks on stage.