• January 24th, 2014
    Par Françoise-Claire Prodhon

    SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE
    BY FRANÇOISE-CLAIRE PRODHON

    Minimalist staging set the tone for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture show. Beneath the domed glass ceiling of the Grand Palais, a stage consisting of glowing white walls and polished steel panels revealed a large staircase from which models emerged at the show’s opening. Within this nightclub atmosphere musician Sébastien Tellier, dressed in a blue and pink suit, was accompanied by a white-clad orchestra.

    Karl Lagerfeld excels in the art of giving Haute Couture a modern vibe. Conveying a feeling of youth, freedom and lightness with a collection free of superfluous details, its luxury lies in its exquisitely refined materials and elegant clean cuts. Although pure lines are already an essential part of Chanel's vocabulary, they were enhanced by the freshness and fluidity reflected in each one of the collection's 64 looks.

    Karl Lagerfeld revealed new proportions for the Chanel suit. Silhouettes were corseted and cinched at the waist, accentuated by cropped jackets and drop-waisted skirts. Accessories took center stage with this structured yet relaxed line, which featured elbow pads, knee pads and fanny packs exuding an urban chic spirit. Woven and sometimes embroidered tweeds, light tones (ranging from pure white to ivory, powdery pink to orange-pink and cotton candy, pearly or iridescent grays, mauve and lamé) softened the graphic silhouettes by adding a fresh touch. From flowing gowns to long narrow jackets worn with skinny cropped trousers, Karl Lagerfeld lightened the mood of this collection even more by pairing each look with matching sneakers, evening wear included.

    This sublime footwear reflected the same fluidity, a simplicity of lines showcased by the lightness of transparent materials such as chiffon, lace and tulle, as well as airy fabrics sometimes embroidered with sequins or adorned with feathers studded with metallic details. Evening gowns rose to new heights by revealing the ankle. Once again, Karl Lagerfeld selected fresh colors for his gowns in shimmery or iridescent tones that reflected light, with dramatic black making a few select appearances.

    Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld

  • January 23rd, 2014

    CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS
    SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE

    Interview by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

  • January 23rd, 2014

    BACKSTAGE
    SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE

    Photos © Benoît Peverelli

  • January 22nd, 2014

    THE FILM OF THE SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

    View the full video of the show on chanel.com

  • January 22nd, 2014

    DETAILS OF THE COLLECTION FILM
    SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE

  • January 22nd, 2014

    CELEBRITIES AT THE GRAND PALAIS

    Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture show, January 21st, Grand Palais, Paris

    Photos by Anne Combaz

  • January 22nd, 2014

    VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH KARL LAGERFELD
    SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE

    After the Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture show, Karl Lagerfeld brings up in his interview his motivations to shake up the codes of Couture with this collection where short jackets, long dresses and sneakers are worn together.
    He explains that "in the history of fashion, around 1800 to 1840 or 1845, women had flat shoes. Even with a ball gown, they had flat shoes." He adds, "it gives a new, modern attitude to Couture. The flexibility between the skirt, the top and the waist means you can move. It is not one stiff piece. Then it would be démodé."
    For Karl Lagerfeld, "What is better about Couture than the feeling of now? Paradise Now."

    Interview by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

  • January 21st, 2014

    SPRING-SUMMER 2014
    HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

    Grand Palais, Paris

    Photos by Olivier Saillant

  • January 21st, 2014

    A MINIMALIST NIGHTCLUB FOR THE SPRING-SUMMER 2014 HAUTE COUTURE

    Under the Nave of the Grand Palais in Paris, a modern and minimalist nightclub is the setting for the Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture show. A rotating stage revealed two staircases where the models appeared and an orchestra accompanying the musician Sebastien Tellier.

    Photo by Olivier Saillant

  • January 21st, 2014

    MAKING OF THE HAUTE COUTURE
    PRESS KIT

    Photo shoot by Karl Lagerfeld in Paris at studio 7L for the Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection.

    Photos by Olivier Saillant

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