• October 31st, 2014

    EXHIBITION AGENDA: TRIBUTE TO THE MARCHESA LUISA CASATI IN VENICE

    "The Divine Marchesa. Art and Life of Luisa Casati from Belle Epoque to the spree years"

    “I want to be a living work of art,” Luisa Casati Stampa once proclaimed. She got her wish throughout her extravagant lifestyle that delighted European society at early 20th century - wearing live snakes as jewellery or light bulb necklaces, dining with wax-mannequin guests, parading with a pair of cheetahs on diamonds leashes. One of the most significant places in the Divine Marchesa’s life, the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, is hosting the first important exhibition devoted entirely to her. It features more than 100 works between paintings, drawings, jewels, sculptures and photographs on loan from private collections and international museums.

    The exhibition reconstructs - through constant cross-referencing - the social and artistic relationships that filled Luisa Casati Stampa’s life. For half a century she was a living legend, a dark lady, a major art collector and patron and muse of the Symbolists, Fauves, Futurists and Surrealists: an astonishing and disturbing personification of modernity and a life of excess who still inspires artists and leading couture houses today, like Chanel.

    A sketch by Karl Lagerfeld and a dress from the Cruise collection 2010 are exhibited at the museum.

    Until March 2015
    Palazzo Fortuny, San Marco 3958, 30124 Venice

    Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld

  • October 30th, 2014

    SONG HYE-KYO
    HONG KONG, OCTOBER 26TH

    The Korean actress wore a dress from the Cruise 2014/15 collection to the press conference of the film 'My Brillant Life' in Hong Kong.
    The Cruise collection will be available in boutiques in November.

  • October 23rd, 2014

    ROME FILM FESTIVAL
    RINKO KIKUCHI

    Rinko Kikuchi, actress in the film "Last Summer", wore a dress from the Spring‑Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection to the film premiere in Rome on October 18th.

  • October 8th, 2014

    CRUISE 2014/15 CAMPAIGN SHOT
    BY KARL LAGERFELD

    Photos from the Cruise campaign with models Joan Smalls and Hudson Kroenig.
    Collection available in boutiques in November.

  • October 8th, 2014

    MAKING OF THE CRUISE 2014/15 CAMPAIGN

  • October 2nd, 2014

    BACKSTAGE

    Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear show.

    Photos by Benoit Peverelli

  • October 2nd, 2014
    Par Michel Gaubert

    SHOW PLAYLIST BY MICHEL GAUBERT

    1. I'M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys
    00:34
    • 1. I'M NOT SCARED 00:34
      Pet Shop Boys
    • 2. TRANSPERU 00:31
      Koudlam
    • 3. E-VERSIONS 00:32
      Kahn
    • 4. IT'S ALRIGHT 00:29
      Pet Shop Boys
  • October 2nd, 2014

    CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS

    First impressions gathered after the Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear show in Paris. Interviews by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni.

  • October 2nd, 2014
    Par Françoise-Claire Prodhon

    SPRING-SUMMER 2015 READY-TO-WEAR
    BY FRANÇOISE-CLAIRE PRODHON

    The Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear show transported us to a typical Parisian boulevard miraculously erected under the glass dome of the Grand Palais, where 80 models casually strolled past the "boulevard Chanel's" facades while donning the collection's myriad looks.

    The collection is decidedly optimistic and rich with a variety of propositions that Karl Lagerfeld used to set the tone right from the start: these Chanel women are free-spirited and daring; they progress far beyond mere social norms; they are independent, modern and active, in the very image of Gabrielle Chanel. Firmly rooted in their day and age, they walk the streets of major cities with long, confident strides.

    With their tweed pantsuits accessorised by vibrant silk neckties, these professional women are a perfect blend of masculine and feminine. Their elegant, comfortable style is inspired by menswear with double-breasted blazers and boxy jackets, cuffed wide-leg trousers and flat boots. The base remained feminine however, through a palette of vibrant colors (orange, pink, purple, blue, green) and flamboyant prints (florals, watercolor prints) interpreted on blouses, neckties and scarves, as well as boots and loafers. The skirt suit was paired with printed fabric boots; soft, flowing blouses were punctuated with a pointed, elongated collar, and a tennis stripe adorned generous cuffed bermuda shorts to give them an urban flair. Open derby shoes closed by an ankle strap appeared in gold and black leather, black and white leather, as well as black satin versions. Chanel's iconic colors of black, white and navy served as the foundation of this easy-to-wear wardrobe.

    From long tweed coats lined with printed silk to military-inspired khaki suede jumpsuits, a sailor stripe knit that is as fresh a look in the city as it is at the beach, gauzy blouses, lace and dresses embroidered with small scale-like tiles interspersed with tiny flowers, summer of 2015 will focus on the winds of freedom that blew during the years 1968-1970. The whole collection is a play on proportions, layering and transparency. Immaculate white blouses with wide collars are cinched with a gold belt to give the bermuda short a feminine touch.

    The collection's accessories added a whimsical, humorous twist to its message of freedom: clutches were stamped with messages like "Féministe mais Féminine" and "Make Fashion not War.” A new bag incorporating all of the codes of the Chanel jacket (tweed, braid, buttons) made its debut with soft leather handles that allow it to be worn over the shoulder or tied around the waist.

    Photo by Olivier Saillant

  • October 1st, 2014

    THE VIDEO OF THE SHOW - SHORT EDIT

    View the full video of the show on chanel.com

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