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Vilhelm hammershoi

The inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2009 Ready-to-Wear campaign

A Danish painter from the early 20th Century, Vilhelm Hammershoi, is the inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2009 campaign. Karl Lagerfeld has a passion for the low-key interiors of this artist who was keen to swathe everyday life in stillness and silence. All his recurring motifs: empty apartments, urban scenes and portraits systematically call to mind a closed world where melancholy and emptiness, common themes that can be found throughout his work, reign. This world focuses all its attention on a single window with no curtains or catches, usually in the background of the picture, the only source of light reduced to just a few rays of hazy, filtered sunshine.

Similarities can be seen with photography of the time, taken in black and white and then colored in. When asked in an interview about his neutral color choices, his dull pallet of shades of grey and brown, Vilhelm Hammershoi said “I’m utterly convinced that a painting has the best effect in terms of its color the fewer colors there are.”

Hammershoi never allowed himself to be influenced by the artistic revolutions of his time. He carefully kept his distance, limiting himself to a small number of subjects and found his inspiration in 17th century Dutch painting.
What’s more, it is only recently that we are rediscovering the modernity of his paintings, contemporaries of the birth of photography and cinema. The similarity between photography and painting gives Hammershoi’s work an ambivalent character and an astonishingly modern feel.

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Las vegas - new chanel boutique

This new Chanel boutique is located between two Las Vegas palaces: the Hotel Wynn and the Hotel Encore. With its gold and beige interior, it is an homage to Mademoiselle Chanel's 31 rue Cambon apartment.

The American architect Peter Marino avoided the kitch clichés of Las Vegas by following a certain rigor and a simple geometry inspired by the 30's, perpetuating the elegant style of Chanel. The boutique also includes an area entirely dedicated to exotic leather handbags. For the opening, the window installation was based on Paris-Moscou, the latest Métiers d'Art collection.

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Spring-Summer 2009 Haute Couture

Underneath the glass roof of the Cambon-Capucines pavilion was like a giant pop-up book made of white paper. The grandiose décor was made up of monochrome arrangements of roses, daisies, leaves and petals winding their way up and around the room’s 32 impressive columns and draped over the railings of the entry stairway where the models appeared. Not to mention the 84 round tables with their tablecloths and paper bouquets. All in all, there were 7000 handmade paper flowers, which took a total of 4800 hours of work to assemble. 4000 m2 of paper were needed to create these ephemeral sculptures, all in one color, or more aptly the non-color of preference for Mlle Chanel: “Women think about all colors, except the absence of color. For me black has everything. So does white. They are absolute beauty. They are the perfect match. Dress a woman in white or in black at a ball and all eyes will be upon her.”

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