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SHOOTING OF THE PRESS KIT

Spring-Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection

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© François Goizé

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© François Goizé

26TH ANDAM CEREMONY

With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Chanel Global Fashion, on Thursday night presented the 2015 ANDAM Fashion Award to Stéphane Ashpool, Founder of Pigalle Paris.
The event marks the debut of a year's worth of mentoring for the laureate, allowing him to confirm his brand on an international scale.

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ELEGANCE

"Elegance has nothing to do with the way you dress, your age, social standing, race, figure or anything else. It’s an attitude that is the opposite of vulgarity; it’s a moral attitude, but never moralist… Elegance is a luxury one can’t buy. Once 'elegant', always elegant." Karl Lagerfeld

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©CHANEL Photograph: Laurent Meesemaecker

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©CHANEL Photograph: Laurent Meesemaecker

LA PAUSA

On September 30, 1928, Gabrielle Chanel acquires a piece of land on the heights of Roquebrune overlooking Cap-Martin and sets about constructing her Mediterranean villa, the only ever house she was to design and decorate from A-Z. She commissions Robert Streitz, a young architect she had met through the Duke of Westminster, to oversee the project.

Completed in no time, the villa is delivered in January 1930 and is baptized "La Pausa" referring to a chapel that once stood on the site where Mary Magdalene is said to have “paused” on her journey from Jerusalem.
Its architecture boasts several references to the Aubazine Abbey where Gabrielle spent her childhood. In the entrance hall she commissions a replica of the abbey’s grand stone staircase, which becomes the house’s central feature; the villa’s three buildings are grouped around a patio edged by cloister pillars.
La Pausa’s interior evokes simplicity and elegance with white open spaces offset by warm rustic furniture, shimmering carpets, sunburst mirrors and giant chandeliers, lending a sense of modernity to the whole.
In 1930, press coverage includes a piece in American Vogue entitled "The Dwelling of Mademoiselle Chanel".
 
Indeed it was a special place for Gabrielle Chanel who for the next 20 years spends her vacations there, surrounded by close friends: the Duke of Westminster, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalì and his wife Gala (the artist painted "L’Instant Sublime" there), Serge Lifar, Jean and Valentine Hugo, Misia Sert, Paul Iribe, Pierre Reverdy and Gabrielle Labrunie, her young niece.

Following the Duke of Westminster’s death in 1954, Gabrielle Chanel sells the villa and its contents to the American author and publisher Emery Reeves who in turn entertains houseguests including Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and Jackie Onassis.

Françoise-Claire Prodhon

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