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MAKING OF THE HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION
THE FILM

Spring-Summer 2015

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CHANEL, GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE 30TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT HYÈRES

The 30th edition of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyères will take place at the villa Noailles between the 23rd and the 27th of April, 2015. The exhibitions will run until the 24th of May. The festival directed by Jean-Pierre Blanc and presided over by Didier Grumbach, annually encourages and supports young artists in the fields of fashion and photography. Thanks to the support of the festival’s partners, several prizes will be awarded to the competing young artists.

Chanel is the guest of honour at the next International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, taking place between April 23rd and 27th, 2015 at the villa Noailles, built in the 1920s by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for the art patrons Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles. Karl Lagerfeld will be the Artistic Director of this 30th annual festival. Virginie Viard, Chanel’s Creative Studio Director is the President of the fashion jury. Eric Pfrunder, Image Director at Chanel Fashion is the President of the photography jury.

The fashion jury has chosen ten fashion designers for the competition: Anna Bornhold, Christina Braun, Yiyu Chen, Sophie Harand, Heini-Maria Hynynen & Elina Aarela, Elina Maattanen, Guillem Rodriguez Bernat, Sophie Salekari, Annelie Schubert, Wieke Sinnige.
And the photography jury, ten photographers: Jeannie Abert, Sushant Chhabria, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Wawrzyniec Kolbusz, Evangelia Kranioti, David Magnusson, Filippo Patrese, Thomas Rousset, Polly Tootal, Oezden Yorulmaz.

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THE WEDDING DRESS
SPRING-SUMMER HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

Both romantic and modern, Karl Lagerfeld designed an exquisite wedding dress to close the Chanel Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection. This fairy tale dress inspired by flora, was created in the Lemarié ateliers. A dozen people over a month assembled more than 3,000 components.

The gown's entirely sequin-embroidered short-sleeved top, flared over a long train which was like a bed of flowers. Barely colored by occasional pops of delicate pink, this subtle collage of pristine petals revealed a composition that blended chiffon, organza, white iridescent plastic curls, rhinestones and pearls. In lieu of the traditional white veil, Karl Lagerfeld used a wide-brimmed hat topped with a cloud-like tulle.

Françoise-Claire Prodhon

© Olivier Saillant

THE VIDEO OF THE SHOW - SHORT EDIT

View the full video of the show on chanel.com

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SPRING-SUMMER 2015 HAUTE COUTURE SHOW BY FRANÇOISE-CLAIRE PRODHON

Chanel presented the Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture Show within a circular botanical glasshouse erected underneath the dome of the Grand Palais. At the show's opening, a tropical garden blooming with paper flowers revealed the magic of lush, multi-colored vegetation.

It is a collection that Karl Lagerfeld designed using a sumptuous palette of fresh, vibrant colors that were loosely inspired by an extraordinary and generous garden. The first suits to walk set the tone: bright orange, electric blue, pollen yellow and hot pink underscored the modern style of the collection's silhouettes, which were accessorized with sock-like black leather boots and oversized wide-brimmed hats with straw concealed by a veil of black tulle. Cropped tweed jackets with long or three-quarter sleeves were married with low-cut skirts revealing the models' midriff. These skirts, either short and flared, slender and straight, or flowing and twirling, were embellished with skinny belts whose unusual length accompanied the garments' movement for the ultimate finishing touch. Black and white, Chanel's iconic colors, surfaced in the form of graphic, sleek suits. Lively and airy, silk chiffon was used to create a subtle play of layering and transparency, which was masterfully showcased by large belted coats worn over tone-on-tone sets and dresses in black, pink and bright red. Embroideries, origami folds, braided and fringed chiffon, pearls, sequins, material effects and delicate motifs conveyed the full extent of the ateliers' expertise. The countless floral motifs that emphasized the collections' theme enchanted the evening with their magnificence.

Bouquets of organza, leather, tulle, rhodoid and pearls bloomed from skirts, jackets and sleeves while also gracing chiffon mittens, and elegant knit hats were dotted with an array of precious flowers. Poetic and modern, the Chanel flower women incarnated a larger-than-life garden in which Haute Couture rhymed with perfection.

Françoise-Claire Prodhon

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