5 things you probably didn’t know about Chanel F1 shirt collection

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Glimpses of Chanel's Cruise 2023

Touches of F1 were all over the Chanel's Cruise 2023 show earlier this month ahead of the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix as creative director Virginie Viard took the fashion set to Monaco.

Here are the five things you need to know about the Chanel F1 shirt collection that was featured in Cruise 2023.


#1 The Chanel F1 Shirts and Superstitions

The association between symbols, star signs, and numbers with the Chanel F1 shirts that featured in the Cruise have a deep-rooted history. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, had a superstitious nature and she surrounded herself with talismans for protection and prosperity.

The French fashion designer was a Leo - the fifth sign of the zodiac, thus, the choice to hold Chanel's F1-inspired cruise show on 5/5/22 was significant due to the inclusion of the number 5.


#2 Roman Coppola-directed Trailer Hints at Life Inside the Grid

In addition to the Chanel F1 shirts, more limelight was shed on the motorsport through the creation of a trailer showcasing Chanel's ambassadors Lyna Khoudri, Blesnya Minher, and others.

The trailer combined scenes from Gabrielle Chanel's archival footage in the French Riviera, including her early boutique in Monte Carlo's Hotel de L'Hermitage in 1913 and moments captured by Karl Lagerfeld during Chanel ad campaigns in Monaco.

With sequences featuring Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington in sequined jackets and glimpses of the Grand Prix and the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel where the cruise show was held, the trailer offers a glamorous snapshot of life at an F1 grid.


#3 F1 All Over the Outfits

The Monte-Carlo Beach hotel welcomed 400 guests, including Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis, Tilda Swindon, and Sofia Coppola, who took their seats on sun loungers arranged along the pebbly beach and pier. The collection showcased models wearing jumpsuits, the Chanel F1 shirts, reminiscent of F1 attire, reimagined in tweed and adorned with camellia brooches.

Pristine tennis-inspired looks, silk dresses featuring checkered finish-line flag prints, and metallic trousers with gilded tweed jackets also made an appearance, highlighting the collection's F1-tinged sporty yet luxurious edge.


#4 F1 Helmets as Accessories

The accessories accompanying the collection left a lasting impression. Standout pieces included fishnet fingerless gloves, opulent gold jewelry, and white leather tennis racket bags.

While glossy F1-inspired helmets branded with No.5 caught attention, they remained exclusive and not available for sale. However, baseball caps from the collection will be made available.

Notably, a particularly enticing accessory took the form of a minaudière designed as a slot machine, capturing the spirit of Monte Carlo.


#5 What Happened After The Show?

After the show, guests were treated to lunch at the Maybourne Riviera, a modernist hotel situated on the rocky peninsula of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, evoking imagery reminiscent of a James Bond film.

The festivities concluded with a sunset dinner at Villa La Vigie, an esteemed historical mansion on the French Riviera that was once home to Karl Lagerfeld. Dating back to 1902, Lagerfeld resided in this neoclassical villa with its grand Corinthian columns, majestic entrance hall, and sprawling Mediterranean gardens from 1988 until the late '90s.

The villa can be glimpsed in Coppola's trailer, and for those with the desire and means, it is available for rent, offering a unique experience.

Edited by Ankush Das