Karl Lagerfeld and his team were spotted in New York during the shoot of the next Fall-Winter Chanel ad campaign. In magazines by the end of this summer.
Elegantly attired in a Chanel jacket with green embroidery designed specially for her by Karl Lagerfeld, Simone Veil, known internationally for her commitment to politics as well as to women’s and social rights and a highly popular figure in France, made a grand entrance at the official ceremony of the Académie Française on Thursday 18th March 2010. L'Académie Française was established in 1635 and is composed of forty members known as immortals who are the national authority of the French language in charge amongst others of the official dictionary.Based on this sketch by Karl Lagerfeld, the jacket was tailored at the Chanel Ateliers before being sent to Maison Lesage for the finishing embroidery. It required 250 hours of workmanship, not to mention the 850 hours spent on the embroidery. The blouse and long skirt in silk crepe represented 210 and 180 hours of work respectively, making a total of 1490 hours of skilled work to create the garments worn by Simone Veil on this historic day on which she became the "sixth immortal" at the prestigious establishment.
An interview with Vanessa Paradis, ambassadress for Chanel Fashion, by French filmmaker and journalist Loïc Prigent at the Fall-Winter Ready-to-Wear show in Paris.
Fall-Winter 2010/11 collection: Swiss hand-crafted skis, in compressed cherrywood, azure staining.
Seen through a thermal camera: colors are ranging from dark blue (minus 10°C) for the iceberg to red (above 37°C) for the models.
At the Grand Palais, Paris for the Fall-Winter 2010/11 Ready-to-Wear show
After the country-chic of its Spring-Summer collection, next winter Chanel is heading to the great north. The glass roof of the Grand Palais has been iced over by a set made of blocks of ice sculpted into icebergs, melting into a shallow pool of fjord-blue water covering the floor. The show started with a hilarious prologue with a pack of male and female yetis calmly stalking the runway in hooded jumpsuits in fake fur. Karl Lagerfeld's inspirations led him through climate change and erratic weather, to thoughts of optimism at the end of the financial crisis. With the desire to revisit the icons of the House's Ready-to-Wear with humour, fantasy and modernity, Karl Lagerfeld has created a luxurious, desirable and wearable collection.
Fur is omnipresent, but this breed of fur is baptised "fantasy fur" by Karl (a more elegant term than "fake" or "synthetic"). Trimming the bottom of jackets and long white coats that recall a Robert Ryman painting, fur provides the finishing touch to white "twilight" dresses that glisten with the light of a snow-capped peak when night begins to fall. Chanel's emblematic tweed is knitted with fur, creating stunning effects that evoke rock crystals, moss, the down of a bird in winter, or the soft fur of a polar bear.
An impressive coat in knit and fur is sculpted into the shape of a chocolate bar. Suit jackets are embroidered with pins of sparkling crystals, and a cherry-red dress is adorned with "stalactite" fringes. The collection sits above the knee, and the silhouette is strong but voluminous, thanks to the protective effect of fur. Furry boots with icy heels and short white boots with their sensible transparent boot-cover bring the idea of après-ski to the city itself. Irresistible straight trousers in fantasy fur bring an androgynous "je-ne-sais-quoi" to such an otherwise feminine silhouette. The collection leaves us with an enchanting array of metaphors inspired by an audacious, ultra-contemporary Snow Queen. She wears ice cubes as minaudières, frosted snowflakes as shining plastron necklaces, and paradoxically lights up the dark nights with her immaculate dresses in pure white tulle, knit and lace, with snowflake embroidery and dream-like trains, to be worn throughout the long polar nights that will never see the sun rise.
Fall-Winter 2010/11 Ready-to-Wear
Studio 7L, Paris
Fall-Winter 2010/11 Ready-to-Wear, Grand Palais, Paris