Chanel have proven once again that haute couture is not dead, with a stunning couture show in Paris’s Palais Royal this week. Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic designer behind modern day Chanel chose sequins, gold embroidery and fur lining over the typical Chanel wool suits that we have come to know and love.
Lagerfeld focused on a new knee length in dresses, moving away from below the knee tailored suits. Long woollen coats were favourites amongst the media and buyers, perhaps for their accessibility factor, yet the essence of haute couture was very much alive in the overall collection. Models walked around a 15m high lion, whilst some were accompanied by male suited models wearing extravagant lions head (in an ode to Coco Chanel’s astrological sign, Leo.)
Instead of shying away from haute couture or closing down entirely as designers like Christian Lacroix have done, Chanel continue to engage and utilise their wonderful team of designers and seamstresses. With Karl Lagerfeld challenging the preconceptions of the fashion industry, Chanel are leading the way in French haute couture.
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