• June 20th, 2016
    THE CAPE

    THE CAPE

    For the Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection, Karl Lagerfeld reinvents the round Berthe collar, worn as a cape over dresses and coats.

    © Anne Combaz

  • June 17th, 2016
    DETAIL OF A DRESS <BR />2015/16 MÉTIERS D'ART

    DETAIL OF A DRESS
    2015/16 MÉTIERS D'ART

    Photographed for the Spring‑Summer 2016 issue of "Cabana" magazine, this dress from the Paris in Rome 2015/16 collection, in lace embroidered with tiny beads and white leather "farfalle" bows, was created in the rue Cambon ateliers together with the Maison Lesage.

  • June 16th, 2016
    COLORS AND FABRICS

    COLORS AND FABRICS

    The hues of late autumn in Rome are added to the House's traditional beige and black: tweed, mohair and leather feature in a brown, ocher and orange palette.

    © Benoit Peverelli

  • June 15th, 2016
    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ZHOU XUN, BEIJING

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ZHOU XUN, BEIJING

  • June 10th, 2016
    THE BLACK LACE DRESS

    THE BLACK LACE DRESS

    Fine lace and delicate flounces adorn this iconic dress for the Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection.

    © Benoit Peverelli

  • June 9th, 2016
    MÉTIERS D'ART KNOW-HOW <BR />1. TWEED AND EMBROIDERIES

    MÉTIERS D'ART KNOW-HOW
    1. TWEED AND EMBROIDERIES

    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
    MÉTIERS D'ART KNOW-HOW <BR />2. MARBLE EFFECT FEATHERS

    MÉTIERS D'ART KNOW-HOW
    2. MARBLE EFFECT FEATHERS

    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
    MÉTIERS D'ART KNOW-HOW <BR />3. PEARLS, LACE AND LEATHER

    MÉTIERS D'ART KNOW-HOW
    3. PEARLS, LACE AND LEATHER

    "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

  • June 6th, 2016
    THE 2.55 IN SOFT LEATHER

    THE 2.55 IN SOFT LEATHER

    This new line of bags requires considerable technical expertise in treating the leather, which gradually acquires a patina that makes each bag unique.

    © Benoit Peverelli

  • June 3rd, 2016
    LION

    LION

    Associated with the sun, the lion symbolizes power, nobility and gold. It is the 5th sign of the zodiac - Gabrielle Chanel's lucky number and constellation. 

    She collected effigies of this tutelary figure and used it as a motif in suit buttons, belts, brooches and necklaces.

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