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IN THE SHADOW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER

Under the glass roof of the Grand Palais, an Eiffel Tower stretches skywards. The iron girders of the two nineteenth-century monuments almost touch.

Guests stroll round the foot of the tower before sitting down on the green chairs typical of Paris gardens. The models parade along the pathways. The Haute Couture silhouettes are straight or cinched at the waist, flared or curved, and the tweeds, wools, and chiffons are autumnal in hue, in shades of bordeaux, green, and russet.

The top of the tower seems to vanish in the mist before the guests' eyes. Among those watching the show were Kristen Stewart, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Caroline de Maigret and Sofia Coppola.

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HAUTE COUTURE SILHOUETTES

First images of the Fall-Winter 2017/18 Haute Couture collection, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.

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SHOOTING BY KARL LAGERFELD

The House artistic director chose the model Camille Hurel to introduce the Fall-Winter 2017/18 Haute Couture collection.

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© Robert Delaunay "La Tour Eiffel", oil on canvas (1926). Inscribed on the reverse "Paysage de Paris, les Tours." <BR />Bertrand Prévost

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"LA TOUR EIFFEL" BY ROBERT DELAUNAY :
SHOW INVITATION

To illustrate the invitation to the Fall-Winter 2017/18 Haute Couture show, Karl Lagerfeld chose a 1926 painting of "La Tour Eiffel" by Robert Delaunay. The Cubist work expressed the artist's resistance to mainstream artistic opinion of the day, which wanted to see the tower demolished.

The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of avant-garde modernity and a source of inspiration for countless artists who still use it as a model.

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© Anne Combaz

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TOURING TOWER

"Whatever the season, through mist and cloud, on overcast days or in sunshine, in rain – wherever you are, whatever the landscape of roofs, domes, or branches separating you from it, the Tower is there." Roland Barthes