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© Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld

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© Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld

GRAPHIC CUTS

The geometric lines designed by Karl Lagerfeld underscore the waist and accentuate the shoulders. The cuts create a clean, structural look for the silhouettes of the Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture collection.

ACCESSORIZATION OF THE COLLECTION

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© Anne Combaz

THE MOOD OF THE SHOW

It all starts here: The ideas and sketches are brought to life. The Chanel Haute Couture ateliers are functional and understated, in neutral tones.
In the hands of the seamstresses, the sketch takes form and shape, becomes a silhouette.

The décor for this 2016 Haute Couture show is dedicated to creation: the idea of the dress, from the premise to the reality. An octagonal space now reigns under the arches of the Grand Palais and the guests, seated in the center, look outwards towards the Chanel ateliers, as if they have been transposed from the rue Cambon, with straight pins, patterns, rolls of fabric and a few photos. The models walk along the ateliers and the show joins the backstage. Each seamstress concentrates on her meticulous task, until the models arrive, capturing the attention of all with their self-assured step.

And so, the creations are presented closest to those who gave them form: the seamstresses, offering an unprecedented, profound and overlapping image. Because the primary ingredient of Chanel Haute Couture remains the skilled and precise gestures of these discrete virtuosos - in the spotlight for this once.

Angelo Cirimele

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Photos © Anne Combaz / Photo of Vanessa Paradis © Alice Moitié

THE GUESTS

Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture show
Grand Palais, Paris

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© Stéphane Feugère

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© Stéphane Feugère

CAROLINE DE MAIGRET
CHANEL AMBASSADRESS

Parisian chic icon, Caroline de Maigret, has become a Chanel spokesperson and ambassadress. Model, music producer and writer, Caroline de Maigret embodies the spirit of Chanel with her strong values.

She met Karl Lagerfeld in the nineties and walked for Chanel for the first time for the Spring-Summer 1999 Ready-to-Wear show at the Opéra Bastille.
Since then, Caroline de Maigret is one of the closest personalities to Chanel and collaborates on numerous projects for the House. She was one of the celebrities chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for his book and photography exhibition The Little Black Jacket. Caroline de Maigret walks or is seated front row at fashion shows and often attends events in France or abroad, most recently Beijing for the Paris in Rome fashion show replica and Cuba for the Cruise runway show.

Caroline de Maigret has written a new chapter of her history with the House by becoming an ambassadress and spokesperson.

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© Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for the invitation to the Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture show.

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© Sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for the invitation to the Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture show.

IMMERSION IN THE ATELIERS,
RUE CAMBON

When you enter the ateliers, you accept to go beyond the reign of brands and images into a place of humility. At first everything seems silent, but this is quickly punctuated by the delicate sounds of breathing and the occasional sigh, or the sound of a tool being laid down, picked up, handled. And the gentle rustle of fabrics – tulles or satin – nearly a murmur.

Each gesture defies time and patience. And although the seamstresses each appear isolated and concentrating on their work, this is a collective effort, like a stage production, to bring the sketch to life. But Haute Couture is also an adventure into unknown territory, exploring different materials; discovering them intuitively, with the hands and the eyes, to give birth to a silhouette, to shapes. The materials are tamed and led in a dance until they finally fall perfectly.

This is the challenge: to take the lines of a sketch and transform them into a tour de force, with a myriad of invisible details.

Angelo Cirimele

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