• July 5th, 2016

    THE ATELIERS AT THE GRAND PALAIS

    It all starts here: The ideas and sketches are brought to life. The Chanel Haute Couture ateliers are functional and understated, in neutral tones.
    In the hands of the seamstresses, the sketch takes form and shape, becomes a silhouette.

    The décor for this 2016 Haute Couture show is dedicated to creation: the idea of the dress, from the premise to the reality. An octagonal space now reigns under the arches of the Grand Palais and the guests, seated in the center, look outwards towards the Chanel ateliers, as if they have been transposed from the rue Cambon, with straight pins, patterns, rolls of fabric and a few photos. The models walk along the ateliers and the show joins the backstage. Each seamstress concentrates on her meticulous task, until the models arrive, capturing the attention of all with their self-assured step.

    And so, the creations are presented closest to those who gave them form: the seamstresses, offering an unprecedented, profound and overlapping image. Because the primary ingredient of Chanel Haute Couture remains the skilled and precise gestures of these discrete virtuosos - in the spotlight for this once.

    Angelo Cirimele

    © Anne Combaz

  • July 5th, 2016

    THE GUESTS

    Fall‑Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture show
    Grand Palais, Paris

    Photos © Anne Combaz / Photo of Vanessa Paradis © Alice Moitié

  • July 5th, 2016
    CAROLINE DE MAIGRET <BR />CHANEL AMBASSADRESS

    CAROLINE DE MAIGRET
    CHANEL AMBASSADRESS

    Parisian chic icon, Caroline de Maigret, has become a Chanel spokesperson and ambassadress. Model, music producer and writer, Caroline de Maigret embodies the spirit of Chanel with her strong values.

    She met Karl Lagerfeld in the nineties and walked for Chanel for the first time for the Spring‑Summer 1999 Ready‑to‑Wear show at the Opéra Bastille.
    Since then, Caroline de Maigret is one of the closest personalities to Chanel and collaborates on numerous projects for the House. She was one of the celebrities chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for his book and photography exhibition The Little Black Jacket. Caroline de Maigret walks or is seated front row at fashion shows and often attends events in France or abroad, most recently Beijing for the Paris in Rome fashion show replica and Cuba for the Cruise runway show.

    Caroline de Maigret has written a new chapter of her history with the House by becoming an ambassadress and spokesperson.

    © Stéphane Feugère

  • July 5th, 2016
    "THEY NEVER GET TO SEE THE SHOW AND DESERVE TO BE HONORED"

    "THEY NEVER GET TO SEE THE SHOW AND DESERVE TO BE HONORED"

    Karl Lagerfeld paid tribute to the House's seamstresses, putting them at the heart of a runway set designed to resemble the Haute Couture ateliers.
    The head of each atelier greeted the guests by his side.

    © Olivier Saillant

  • July 5th, 2016
    THE SHOW DECOR

    THE SHOW DECOR

    Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture

    © Olivier Saillant

  • July 5th, 2016
    SILHOUETTE FROM THE COLLECTION

    SILHOUETTE FROM THE COLLECTION

    The press kit of the Fall‑Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture collection shot by Karl Lagerfeld.

    See the photos on chanel.com

  • July 5th, 2016
    IMMERSION IN THE ATELIERS <BR />RUE CAMBON

    IMMERSION IN THE ATELIERS
    RUE CAMBON

    When you enter the ateliers, you accept to go beyond the reign of brands and images into a place of humility. At first everything seems silent, but this is quickly punctuated by the delicate sounds of breathing and the occasional sigh, or the sound of a tool being laid down, picked up, handled. And the gentle rustle of fabrics – tulles or satin – nearly a murmur.

    Each gesture defies time and patience. And although the seamstresses each appear isolated and concentrating on their work, this is a collective effort, like a stage production, to bring the sketch to life. But Haute Couture is also an adventure into unknown territory, exploring different materials; discovering them intuitively, with the hands and the eyes, to give birth to a silhouette, to shapes. The materials are tamed and led in a dance until they finally fall perfectly.

    This is the challenge: to take the lines of a sketch and transform them into a tour de force, with a myriad of invisible details.

    Angelo Cirimele

    © Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for the invitation to the Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture show.

  • June 28th, 2016
    WILLOW SMITH <BR />FACE OF THE EYEWEAR CAMPAIGN

    WILLOW SMITH
    FACE OF THE EYEWEAR CAMPAIGN

    The young actress was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld as the face of the new Fall‑Winter 2016/17 Eyewear campaign.

  • 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.

    © Oriani & Origone - courtesy Cabana Magazine

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