• February 2nd, 2016

    ELLIE BAMBER
    LONDON, FEBRUARY 1ST

    The English actress wore a dress from the Paris in Rome Métiers d’Art collection, accessorized with a "Plume 1932" head jewel, for the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" European premiere.

  • February 1st, 2016
    KARL LAGERFELD'S RITE OF SPRING

    KARL LAGERFELD'S RITE OF SPRING

    By Boris Coridian

    A ray of sunlight pierces the Parisian skies on a cloudy January 26th, and illuminates the dome of the Grand Palais. Like a reminder of spring in the middle of winter, it signals the start of Karl Lagerfeld’s Haute Couture Spring‑Summer 2016 collection show. In an exaltingly bucolic set, a wooden house with closed shutters blends in with the vegetation. The door opens to reveal the first silhouettes. One by one, seeming to slow their pace to better take advantage of the moment, the models wander through this Eden.

    To celebrate this rite of spring – a nod to Stravinsky’s work, beloved by Gabrielle Chanel – aerial materials mingle with wooden embroideries. Soft colours, chosen amid beige palettes, are accompanied by gold ornaments. The variations in volume and inverted forms bring to mind the eccentricities of nature – as in these short oval-sleeved jackets whose generous curves contrast with the finesse of pencil skirts. A smartphone cover accessorizes each outfit. A subtle detail to assert that this sweet, timeless collection is also furiously modern. The models pace the catwalk, laid out in wood tiles on the grass, in cork-soled platform pumps. The delicate, poetic silhouette designed by Karl Lagerfeld is completed by an imperial bun and a dab of eyeliner reminiscent of ancient idols.

    Bees appear on tulle and muslin, as well as on the jewels. The fabric insects seem to buzz around the long dresses and printed flowers. "I am a bee, that is part of my sign, the Lion, the Sun. Women of this sign are hard-working, courageous, faithful, undaunted. That is my character. I am a bee born under the sign of the Lion", in the words of Coco, queen of the rue Cambon. The bride appears, clad in a dress where natural materials are in marvelous harmony, and the hood of which arouses the curiosity of the audience.

    The wooden shutters open slowly on the models for the finale, choreographed by Karl Lagerfeld. The music stops, the applause rises from the stalls, and cries of joy ring out from the backstage. Rays of sunlight now stream onto the set, bringing radiance to the blue of the sky and the green of the lawn where the models walked. The smell of freshly cut grass fills the Grand Palais.

    © Anne Combaz

  • January 29th, 2016
    HAUTE COUTURE POUCH

    HAUTE COUTURE POUCH

    Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring‑Summer 2016 collection features belts and mobile phone pouches which are as sophisticated as the outfits that they accompany.

    "This is our new bag (…), identical to those used by 15th century ladies of the manor to carry their keys; any other accessory would be too much”, he quips.

    #ChanelHauteCouture #ChanelHC16

    © Benoit Peverelli

  • January 29th, 2016
    MAKING THE SPRING-SUMMER HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

    MAKING THE SPRING‑SUMMER HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

  • January 29th, 2016
    VARIATIONS ON BEIGE <BR />SPRING-SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION

    VARIATIONS ON BEIGE
    SPRING-SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION

    "Gabrielle Chanel was the Queen of beige”, explains Karl Lagerfeld. Ranging from off-white to ochre, very light brown and shades of raw wool, linen and cotton, beige is one of the most versatile neutral tones. It offers a perfect balance between the warmth of brown and the freshness of white.

    With hints of ecru, ivory, sand, dove, putty, taupe and mocha, the Artistic director presents the many faces of one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite shades, featuring floaty dresses, blouses and muslin fabrics, floral embroidery, jackets and skirts.

    “I go back to beige because it’s natural", she used to say. A real fascination for nature was reflected in her interiors where beige was the chosen color for furniture and carpets, which reminded her of “earth floors”. She used it in her collections, applying it to her jersey pyjamas, her tweed suits and her shoes.
    She also combined it with the elegance of black and white to create a stylish statement women adopted unanimously and which Karl Lagerfeld went on to enrich with his own talent.

    © Anne Combaz

  • January 28th, 2016
    THE STORY OF THE SPRING-SUMMER 2016 
HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

    THE STORY OF THE SPRING‑SUMMER 2016 HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

  • January 28th, 2016
    WOODEN EMBROIDERIES

    WOODEN EMBROIDERIES

    Karl Lagerfeld has used wood in the form of shavings, fragments, sequins and pearls to embellish the Spring‑Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection.

    "We had to make everything because those – there are no sequins in wood and pieces like this and straw and things… We had to make everything. Normally, they make the embroidery with existing material. We had to create the material because those things don’t exist."

    © Julien Mignot

  • January 28th, 2016
    BEES <BR />HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

    BEES
    HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

    Bees characterize the Spring‑Summer 2016 collection, whether they be embroidered onto tulle or mounted as costume jewellery.

    As well as symbolizing the renewal and perpetual rebirth of nature and presaging happiness, bees also embody a symbolic value associated with their hard-working nature.

    © Benoit Peverelli

  • January 28th, 2016
    "THE STARTING POINT FOR THIS COLLECTION WAS THE SILHOUETTE." KARL LAGERFELD

    "THE STARTING POINT FOR THIS COLLECTION WAS THE SILHOUETTE." KARL LAGERFELD

    The Spring‑Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection is characterized by oval sleeves and long pencil skirts, short tweed jackets and flared dresses, fitted tops and light capes, and presents a range of different designs with inverted volumes.

    Watch the video of the show on chanel.com

  • January 27th, 2016

    BACKSTAGE OF THE SHOW

    Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection

    © Benoit Peverelli

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