Chanel is one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world. It’s leader, Karl Lagerfeld creates innately feminine designs that are luxurious, technically innovative, instantly recognizable and have garnered the label an International following. The designer presented Chanel’s Haute Couture AW 2015 collection at the Grand Palais. The setting? A full scale casino royale, complete with gaming machines and roulette tables.
Lagerfeld invited some of his friends to take part in his couture presentation, an impressive group of actors and supermodels: Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Geraldine Chaplin, Vanessa Paradis, Lara Stone, Stella Tennant, Alice Dellal, and others—each wearing a couture piece designed specifically for them. Additionally, all the looks were accessorized with dazzling diamond jewelry, recreated from Coco Chanel‘s original 1932 collection. One by one they walked in and took their seat at the central tables and the catwalk show began.
The ultra-luxurious casino set called for a more streamlined silhouette. Think close-fitting and sexy, less avante grade. It’s been a few seasons since Chanel embraced a sleeker sensibility and each couture piece was more spectacular than the last. To begin, models walked in Chanel’s two-piece tweeds in an array of colors and trimmings. I love when Lagerfeld goes back to the classics and reworks them with a modern twist. This time the suits were fashioned using a laser printing technique that gave them an intriguing three-dimensionality. By shows end, the girls were dressed to thrill in layered party pieces and shimmering evening gowns. These opulent clothes were made for glamorous, after-dark adventures.
For the finale, Kendall Jenner appeared in a tailored wedding tuxedo. It was an unusual interpretation of the bridal dress that traditionally closes the couture show. A long veil-like shawl trailed behind her and she had a single white camellia pinned to the back of her hair. Jenner looked feminine yet strong and oh so chic.
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