Haute Couture is quintessentially Parisian and once again this has been testified with Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture show in Paris. The French luxury fashion house transformed the iconic Grand Palais into a complete eco-space to put on display their latest exclusive creations. Celebrating green living and sustainability, Chanel’s Haute Couture was rolled out on the green carpet with Karl Lagerfield’s vision of unifying eco-friendly and high-end fashion. The Chanel’s latest Haute Couture collection was presented in a set imagined by Karl Lagerfeld, consisting of a three storey wooden house surrounded by a minimalist garden.The woody set for the oldest active dressmaking House was complemented with bright blue fake sky as well as artificial grass and trees.Fashion world’s A-listers like Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and the likes ruled the front row as well as the green ramp at the show. Models, clad in natural-looking designs, stepped out of the wooden doll house walking through the large open space which was lined with timber walkways and steps. Each model put her best green foot forward as Lagerfeld designed wooden wedges to complement the theme. Elongated dresses have been embellished with the high-end metals, flowers, beads and pearls. Another striking element of the contemporary collection is the stylish iPhone pockets hanging loosely from every models’ waists. CTV also reports that apart from the show decor, all the jewelry and embroideries in the 75 Chanel looks were made from wood shavings, paper and straw. However the eco-friendly features were given a glamorous makeover as they were fastidiously painted, treated and moulded by the atelier into exquisite shapes and paillettes that resembled white feathers and flower petals.Stating that ecology is something that’s never been used in high luxury before, Karl also revealed that the materials used to construct the impressive set would later be recycled.Even today, Haute Couture models are entirely handmade and are without exception created in the historical building at legendary 31, rue Cambon. Each creation has a label on the back bearing a certificate number insuring their authenticity.Karl Lagerfeld defines it as, “Haute Couture is the extreme luxury. It is perfection with a unique personality. It has to do with patience and with modern and current times. Haute Couture is a maximum symbol of artisan’s refinement and beauty. This is the beauty and the magic of it”Karl Lagerfeld’s interview at the Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture Chanel Show
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