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FROM BYZANTIUM TO ISTANBUL
BY OLIVIA DA COSTA

A tribute to the ancient Imperial capital, the Paris-Byzance collection combines French couture tradition with Ottoman magic, bridging the gap between past and present, Occident and Orient. Istanbul – a crossroads, swarming metropolis and a city of striking contrasts with its mosques, secular neighborhoods, high-flying jet-setters and high-tech – has been chosen by Chanel for another showing of its Métiers d'Art collection following the official December presentation, which took place in the Chanel salons on Rue Cambon, Paris. The venue is a white marble terrace at the Ciragan Palace, a former residence of a sultan. It offers a place to admire the Bosphorus, lulled by the regular sound of the waves. The Bosphorus is everywhere: a part of the city and a stimulating yet soothing presence.

At nightfall, it is time to go inside the palace where the show’s backstage area has been set up. Beneath Murano-glass chandeliers – no doubt reminders of the sultan’s lavish lifestyle – the girls are being prepared with chignons worn very high on the head and eyes rimmed in black and red eyeliner. Models are standing in the wings dressed in tweed chasubles with hints of gold, velvet harem pants or draped chiffon dresses, all of Byzantine inspiration. Outside, the anticipation is building. The intelligentsia and local press start to arrive. The women all look very beautiful and elegant tonight, in lots of black and outrageously high heels. Kirsten Dunst, Élodie Bouchez and Cécile Cassel arrive. The show starts and the models descend the majestic staircase with an air of nonchalance. A steady ballet featuring these Imperial sylphs is played out. The girls walk by, only centimeters from the audience comfortably installed on sofas and cushions. The spectators, who are so close they can almost touch the garments, get a good look at the embroidery, braiding and wrought-gold buttons.

The last model completes her run. The show is over and the elegant women of Istanbul are thrilled. After a glass or two of champagne, all the guests melt back into the steady bustle and traffic of a city that never sleeps.

www.pleasemagazine.com

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CELEBRITY PORTRAITS
BY KARL LAGERFELD

On the occasion of the amfAR Gala on May 19th, Karl Lagerfeld presented a series of black and white «Photo-booth» portraits.

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CANNES 2011 - CLAUDIA SCHIFFER

Claudia Schiffer was wearing a sheath Haute Couture dress in black lace with a "Camélia Poudré" necklace and a black cuff "Ultra" Chanel Fine Jewelry for the screening of the film "This must be the Place" by Paolo Sorrentino.

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CANNES 2011 - KIRSTEN DUNST

Kirsten Dunst, awarded Best Actress, was wearing a strapless Haute Couture dress embroidered with silver and an ivory ruffled skirt from the Spring-Summer 2011 collection for the closing ceremony. She also wore "La Pluie" earrings and a "Cascade de Diamants" ring in white gold and diamonds.

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CANNES 2011 - EVE HEWSON

Eve Hewson was wearing a dress in pink taffeta and black tulle from the Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection with a "Camélia" bracelet in white gold and diamonds for the screening of the film "This must be the Place" by Paolo Sorrentino.

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5 MINUTES BEFORE THE SHOW
LAST MOMENTS

Cruise 2011/12, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Photographed by Benoît Peverelli

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2 HOURS BEFORE THE SHOW
THE REHEARSAL

Cruise 2011/12, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Photographed by Delphine Achard

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