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Chanel SS2013

Feb 05, 13 Chanel SS2013

Perhaps one of the most accurate definitions of the modern haute couture gave Inès de la Fressange. An égérie, journalist and writer, who embodies the spirit of a true Parisian, at the end of the Chanel fashion show answered to a question about whether she liked the show: “If you want to understand what is haute couture today, look at the collection of Karl Lagerfeld.”

It, according to Karl himself, is the combination of “madness and discipline.” After all, behind each outfit there are thousands of hours of manual work.

Lagerfeld admits that he loves the effect of “optical illusion” or, as the French say, «trompe l’œil». So imaginary floral print on dresses is in fact a very fine embroidery, and seemingly familiar tweed turns out to be a lightest combination of silk, tulle and satin. All woven by hand, and you are very unlikely not find a similar fabric in a store. High fashion as the antithesis of mass consumption, where exclusive is opposed to industrial.

An ancient theater in a forest, in which was transformed the Grand Palais, the traditional venue for Chanel fashion shows, Karl saw in a dream. On the arena, covered with white sand, circle mannequins – sleepwalkers. The general atmosphere takes the spectators beyond reality. This is where, according to the designer, is the world of haute couture lies, and which will exist as long as people continue to dream.

Photo credits: CHANEL


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