Celebrities at the show
Atmosphere of a Russian cabaret
This year’s Metiers d’Art collection, “Paris-Moscou“ has been dedicated to the capital of a country and a culture that fascinated Gabrielle Chanel. For the presentation, Karl Lagerfeld chose the confidential Theatre Le Ranelagh in the sixteenth district of Paris. At the theater’s entrance, beautiful constructivist-style posters were hung up on the walls, announcing the show’s arrival to the theater. After the fashion event, the theater was transformed into a Russian cabaret, complete with a Slavic orchestra and vodka, while Karl Lagerfeld conducted his interviews on the stage.
The life of Marina Tsvetaeva
The French actress was overwhelmed by Henri Troyat’s biography of the great Russian poetess, Marina Tsvetaeva. It is the story of a dramatic life, filled with violent love affairs and unimaginable pain, which starts amongst the literary intelligentsia of the tsars’ Moscow and continues with the escape of the Bolshevik revolution, the misery of exile and a tragic return to Stalin’s Russia, which will destroy her family and her life. A life so ardent and eccentric, dedicated to the story of her femininity and her liberal sexuality.
Anna Mouglalis says of this outstanding opus: “It is Marina’s true biography; to me, she is the most powerful poetess I have ever read. At the end of each verse, you get the impression she is about to disappear. She got me in touch with femininity. I didn’t know much about feminine literature and she made me want to discover more of it.”
Marina Tsvetaeva, Henri Troyat © Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 2001
Precious woodSkiing has always been a part of Chanel collections. In the 20’s, Mademoiselle Chanel began to take an interest in female skiers’ clothes and created a range of matching outfits for the elegant women of Saint Moritz.It was for the Fall-Winter 2000/01 Ready-to-Wear show that Karl Lagerfeld stunned us all with the launch of the first complete Chanel ski collection. Recently, the designer had also created black quilted skis. This season, the new parabolic skis are more classic, made from precious wood combined with carbon fiber.
Mademoiselle Chanel confesses to a real passion for pearls. Karl Lagerfeld has designed a new range of glasses where pearls blend harmoniously with the temples like a discreet signature of the brand.
Hercules and Love Affair
Karl Lagerfeld created an evening worthy of the opening of Mobile Art in New York: at the heart of Central Park, after visiting the exhibition, guests were invited to a concert in a giant compact mirror hidden in the trees with “Hercule and Love Affair”. For almost an hour, the neo-disco group created by New York DJ Andrew Butler played songs from their first album including “Blind” that had already been played to accompany the ready-to-wear collection for the Fall-Winter 2008/9 catwalk.
Also worthy of note were visits from the artist Jeff Koons, actresses Kate Bosworth and Sarah Jessica Parker and the photographer Terry Richardson...
The CHANEL Contemporary Art Container designed by Zaha Hadid opened its doors on October 20, 2008 at Rumsey Playfield, in the heart of Central Park and will stay until November 9th. This cultural event, which celebrates the intersection of contemporary art, architecture and fashion, was so highly anticipated by the New York crowd, curious to visit this exhibition housing over twenty original installations, that the free tickets were completely reserved within two days of being posted online.
Fall-Winter 2008/9 Ready-to-Wear: Harlem Shuffle
For this collection’s campaign, Claudia Schiffer gave up her legendary blonde hairstyle: Karl Lagerfeld was not afraid to turn her into a modern Louise Brooks, short black hair, snow white skin, lace stockings covering long legs, and a delicate 20’s look. The photo shoot took place in an authentic Harlem brownstone, still full of the historical atmosphere of the neighborhood, formerly dedicated to jazz music.
Karl Lagerfeld gave an enigmatic feel to this campaign by subtly combining a deserted apartment, with faded colors, and simple materials, and a winter collection voluntarily devoid of the accessories that traditionally symbolize the house of Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld’s photographic attention focuses on the delicacy of the fabrics, the finesse of the pleats and the frills in a gentle and mysterious atmosphere, filled with intimate history. Claudia Schiffer is photographed as a sophisticated and discrete beauty, “an unpretentious vision of luxury” which is what Karl Lagerfeld wanted for this winter.
Rügen, an island in the baltic sea, shoot for German Vogue