January 27th, 2017
Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection
December 9th, 2016
Paris Cosmopolite 2016/17 Métiers d'Art collection.
July 8th, 2016
June 9th, 2016
It all starts when Karl Lagerfeld sketches his collection. The drawings are then made up, creating ongoing discussions between the Studio, the ateliers and the Maisons d'Art.
The Lemarié Atelier
Using a sample approved by the Studio, the design is created on tracing paper. Flowers and leaves are cut from leather and little squares from tweed and lace. These are then arranged, sewn in place and embellished with rhinestones.
The Chanel Ateliers
The embroidered lace is sent back to rue Cambon to be assembled. The cape and the dress are tried on a wooden tailor's dummy to check that the proportions and the silhouette are in line with Karl Lagerfeld's original vision.
Karl Lagerfeld's Studio
The cape and the dress are then accessorised. Finally, the look is subject to approval by Karl Lagerfeld during the final fitting a few days before the show.
The Paris in Rome Métiers d'Art collection is available in boutiques.
© Anne Combaz
June 8th, 2016
The feathers on the skirt were reworked before being appliqued onto the crepe georgette, while those on the top were painted to resemble marble then re-cut and sewn onto the organza in the Lemarié ateliers.
For the silhouette of this piece from the Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection, Karl Lagerfeld played with contrasts, combining the lightness of black feathers with a powerful visual effect of white veined marble.
© Anne Combaz
June 7th, 2016
"About a month and half before the collection I give the first sketches to the ateliers. The people with whom I work know exactly how to interpret my sketches. A design is never discordant with what I have asked for… but sometimes, when it comes to the fittings, I change my mind, I have new ideas, so we make changes and we start again. There is always a creative dynamic between the Studio and the expertise of the artisans and the Chanel ateliers who work on my collections. Gradually the silhouette evolves, the embroideries, the details, the finishes and the flowers take on a new dimension", Karl Lagerfeld.
© Anne Combaz
May 30th, 2016
The american singer and producer visited Chanel's Maisons d'Art in Pantin last March, a few days after the Fall-Winter Ready-to-Wear show at the Grand Palais.
He discovered the traditional craft skills of the Maison Lesage ateliers, featherworkers and flower specialists Lemarié, pleating experts Lognon, shoemakers Massaro, and milliners Maison Michel. During his tour of the workshops, Pharrell Williams watched pieces being made for the Paris in Rome 2015/16 collection.