Celebrities at the show
Atmosphere of a Russian cabaret
This year’s Metiers d’Art collection, “Paris-Moscou“ has been dedicated to the capital of a country and a culture that fascinated Gabrielle Chanel. For the presentation, Karl Lagerfeld chose the confidential Theatre Le Ranelagh in the sixteenth district of Paris. At the theater’s entrance, beautiful constructivist-style posters were hung up on the walls, announcing the show’s arrival to the theater. After the fashion event, the theater was transformed into a Russian cabaret, complete with a Slavic orchestra and vodka, while Karl Lagerfeld conducted his interviews on the stage.
The life of Marina Tsvetaeva
The French actress was overwhelmed by Henri Troyat’s biography of the great Russian poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva. It is the story of a dramatic life, filled with violent love affairs and unimaginable pain, which starts amongst the literary intelligentsia of the tsars’ Moscow and continues with the escape of the Bolshevik revolution, the misery of exile and a tragic return to Stalin’s Russia, which will destroy her family and her life. A life so ardent and eccentric, dedicated to the story of her femininity and her liberal sexuality.
Anna Mouglalis says of this outstanding opus: “It is Marina’s true biography; to me, she is the most powerful poetess I have ever read. At the end of each verse, you get the impression she is about to disappear. She got me in touch with femininity. I didn’t know much about feminine literature and she made me want to discover more of it.”
Marina Tsvetaeva, Henri Troyat © Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 2001
Precious woodSkiing has always been a part of Chanel collections. In the 20’s, Mademoiselle Chanel began to take an interest in female skiers’ clothes and created a range of matching outfits for the elegant women of Saint Moritz.It was for the Fall-Winter 2000/01 Ready-to-Wear show that Karl Lagerfeld stunned us all with the launch of the first complete Chanel ski collection. Recently, the designer had also created black quilted skis. This season, the new parabolic skis are more classic, made from precious wood combined with carbon fiber.