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HIGH PROFILE SILHOUETTE

Zippers are a statement feature of the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture collection, slashing through the silhouettes and transforming the look of tweed suits and evening gowns. Embroidered with braid, they run down jacket sleeves to reveal extra-long fingerless gloves and contrasting linings in silk or brocade. Dresses are made to the same design, with slits up the side revealing embroidered mini-skirts underneath.

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VARIATIONS ON A NECKLINE

Karl Lagerfeld designed a series of neckline variations for the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture collection. There are high collars reminiscent of the ceremonial dress worn by the Institute of France’s academicians; and Victorian lace collars paired with puff sleeves, echoing the fashions worn by Parisian women. Tab collars, jabots, and bow collars structure the silhouette, while wide, feather-embroidered collars falling over the shoulders create a softer line.

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THE BRIDE WORE GREEN

Embroidered with green and gold olive branches on black wool, the celebrated uniform donned by members of the Académie française served as an inspiration for the show’s closing look. Its embellishments, the attributes of a learned institution for men and women, here disperse softly over the pale green wool of a redingote-style jacket. Combined with the straight, sober lines of a bridal gown of almost geometric elegance, they strike a subtle balance between sophistication, the richness of materials and purity of form.

In imagining a bride in white who might also wear a green attire, Karl Lagerfeld offers a modern take on the uniform worn by the "immortals" — members of a learned society that included the late Simone Veil, who wore an outfit designed by Karl Lagerfeld at her own official induction into the circle. Worn with greater freedom than that of male counterparts, the suit for women lends itself to more ample variations of shape and style.

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A WALK BY THE SEINE

As a collector and great lover of books, Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to the literary legacy of Paris with the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture show along the quais of the Seine. The spirit of the city and its booksellers lingers over the romantic setting of the Institute of France, a symbol of French cultural influence since the 18th century.

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HAUTE COUTURE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY KARL LAGERFELD

The Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture collection is revealed under Karl Lagerfeld’s lens before the show at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES
FALL WINTER 2018/19
HAUTE COUTURE SHOOT

Karl Lagerfeld photographed Vittoria Ceretti in silhouettes from the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture collection at his studio ahead of today’s show.

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HAUTE COUTURE ACCORDING
TO KARL LAGERFELD

“Haute Couture is an island of dreams and escapism. It is the utmost luxury which transcends fashions and crosses time.” Karl Lagerfeld’s observation summarizes the primary vocation of CHANEL since Gabrielle Chanel first opened her Couture House in 1915. Imbued with unique know-how, Haute Couture finds its essence in the vision of a designer and the perfection of cut and detail, elevated by the craftsmanship of the Maisons d’art that bring their expertise to each creation. Precision of line, shape and structure is epitomized by singular pieces that may be embroidered with more than a million beads. In this way, Haute Couture gives free rein to any idea, without limit or constraint. Such creativity goes hand-in-hand with patience and the highest standards.

FIRST LOOK AT
FALL-WINTER
HAUTE COUTURE 2018/19

The Haute Couture collection will be unveiled later today at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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THE CHANEL ATELIERS

Haute Couture pieces require the talents of the most experienced head seamstresses. Beneath their agile fingers, Karl Lagerfeld’s detailed sketches come to life. It starts with a cotton toile, the first interpretation of a design that materializes a silhouette. Once a collection’s 60 or 70 looks are approved, they are assembled, sewn and meticulously embroidered. Whether cut in “flou”, ethereal fabrics destined for dresses and blouses, or other, more structured textiles used for "tailoring", each requires exacting execution. The "flou" atelier thus enters into a savvy dialogue with the "tailoring" atelier, which is specialized in making structured pieces with complex cuts.

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