Haute Couture was born during the Second Empire within the Rue de la Paix quarter in the heart of Paris. Englishman Charles-Frédéric Worth opened his house in 1858. He demonstrated his innovation by rejecting the statute of a fashion designer as a "supplier" and embracing that of the designer as a "creator," and by presenting veritable fashion collections worn by models to clients in his luxurious salons. At this time, Paris was filled with small trades devoted to embellishment (embroiderers, feather-workers, button-makers, shoemakers, glove makers, hatters, etc.) and enjoyed a reputation as the only world capital where elegance reigned.

In 1945, very specific rules defined the statutes of Haute Couture. Updated throughout the years, they have survived time, making Haute Couture the absolute reference for a subtle blend of tradition and innovation. The specifications require that original models be designed by the permanent designer of the house. They must be created in its own workshops, which should have a minimum of 20 employees. Each season, on the dates set by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the house must present a collection of at least 35 looks consisting of both day and evening styles.

As a bearer of unique expertise and maintenance of tradition, Haute Couture excels in the perfection of all the details that give it its singular, rare character. It is also a laboratory brimming with ideas and creativity, in which the quality and perfection of its cuts are crystallized in time.

Chanel is currently the oldest operating couture house.

© Photo All Rights Reserved, Chanel ateliers circa 1935



For the fifth consecutive year, Chanel takes up its winter residence in Courchevel in an ephemeral boutique. Located in the heart of the Savoyard ski station, this new 160m2 space presents the Ready-to-Wear pieces and accessories from the Cruise 2014/15 collection.

From December 13th 2014 until April 5th 2015
ISBA Building
Courchevel 1850



- Café Bazar - located directly on the bank of the river Salzach (a legendary place in front of the theatre. The favourite café of Marlene Dietrich and Maximilian Schell. The great directors and writers ever since have gone in and out)
- Café Tomaselli - situated in the heart of the old town, where already Mozart got inspired. Maybe the most traditional and popular coffeehouse north of the Alps.

- Triangel - Festival District, Philharmonikergasse (a place where Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo are dining during the summer)
- Köchelverzeichnis - in the historic Roman alley called Steingasse (a pleasant small wine tavern)
- Magazin - at the foot of the Mönchsberg, Augustinergasse (for a delicious dinner as well as for afterwork drinks)

- Sacherbar - next to Café Bazar (a bar pianist plays a repertoire of wonderful cheesy songs. It still the grandest place to go)
- Bar Hotel Stein - near the State Bridge (stunning view onto the old scenery of Salzburg)

Walks and Places
- Festival District with its three legendary opera houses. On the adjacent places Furtwänglerpark and Toscaninihof you pass by sculptures of Anselm Kiefer, Erwin Wurm, Stephan Balkenhol and the recently renovated University Church by the famous baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
- Mönchsberg with the Museum der Moderne, its Restaurant m32 (one of the most beautiful views) and art in public space by Not Vital, James Turrell and Mario Merz.
- Kohlmayr´s Gaisbergspitz with a 360° panorama
- Kapuzinerberg with its Franziskischlössl and the Christmas market during Christmas season
- Morning run in Hellbrunn with its wide parks

Around Salzburg
- Salzkammergut: with its beautiful lakes (my recommendation: a hike along the Fürbergweg on the Wolfgangsee combined with lunch/dinner at Holzingerwirt / Haus am Hang / Angusta)



Chanel presented the 2015 Métiers d’Art Paris-Salzburg collection in a glorious Rococo setting at the Leopoldskron castle. The show drew inspiration from Austrian history, that of Empress Elisabeth "Sissi," who was admired in her time for her elegance and beauty, as well as traditional attire such as the lederhosen and dirndl which Karl Lagerfeld infused with modern luxury by using an elegant yet sporty color palette. The signature piece of the collection is the four-pocketed jacket inspired by the garments that Gabrielle Chanel would have seen elevator operators wear at the Mittersill hotel during her stays in Austria. This further inspired the collection's silhouettes of boxy jackets paired with wide-cut trousers featuring contrasting tuxedo stripes, calling to mind a structured, uniform-like look.

Flared jackets, capes and maxi-length coats reveal a pleat at the back that echo the traditional loden coat while their leather trimmings, gold embroidery, feathers and flower appliqués evoke the Austro-Hungarian period. Knits are punctuated with Alpine flora while Austria's famous lederhosen are paired with leather breeches and also reimagined as handbags. A rich palette presented the iconic colors of white, red, navy and black enhanced with hues like forest green, khaki green, dove gray and brown. Sophisticated yet sporty, the collection was intentionally contemporary. Karl Lagerfeld explores Austrian style, showcasing its refinement through the savoir-faire of the Chanel ateliers. Embroidery, feathers and pleats are crafted with painstaking delicacy to give this collection a romantic edge. Tweed, leather and cashmere partnered with loden and felt, and these materials blended with satin, faille, taffeta and lace lend the collection a fresh, youthful vibe.

The models walked in moccasins decorated with edelweiss, ankle-strap clogs and thigh-high lace-up boots, while their heads were graced with feather-topped hats and ear muff-like headphones styled to look like coiled Heidi braids. The collection's jewelry creations celebrate all things Alpine with cable car, cuckoo clock and edelweiss motifs. Black and white silhouettes often adorned with flower embroideries dominate the collection's evening looks. Bodices, ruffs and pleats soften structured dresses, which are finished off with patent leather boots for an edgy style.

Françoise Claire Prodhon

© Benoit Peverelli


The behind the scenes film of the Métiers d’Art Paris-Salzburg collection.