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Highlights of CHANEL’s Métiers d’art 2018/19 Paris – New York Collection

It’s at the rich heart of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that Karl Lagerfeld chose to showcase the CHANEL Métiers d’art 2018/19 Paris – New York collection.

The result was a modern interpretation of CHANEL’s vision, coupled with the historical spirit of the space and the House’s iconic savoir-faire. Naturally, and as per CHANEL’s lingo, there was a graphic strength to the collection, as the ultra-feminine silhouettes were beautifully cinched with a wide belt, while shoulders were emphasized with a plastron collar. There were day dresses, suits and knee-length coats, but most of all, there was a wide presence of gold, summoned in one too many ways – from aged gold to sparkling gold, shimmering gold, crackled gold, flamboyant gold, gold tinged with bronze…you name it! The House’s moniker tweed suits were ever-so elegantly embellished with golden vibes, as a nod to the Ancient Egyptian culture. Speaking of, there were a lot of references to said culture, from the tiny stone squares in coral or gold to the mini pyramids and the boater hats – made by Maison Michel – that came in crackled gold leather.

“Egyptian civilization has always fascinated me: I get inspired by an idea, which I make a reality,” explains Karl Lagerfeld.

CHANEL’s feather House Lemarié puts into sight a unique graphic reinterpretation of Egyptian paintings, adorned with feather marquetry. There were hints of leather on pockets and collars of jackets, taking the form of crocodile, iguana and python prints. Accessories such as the clutches came in graphic minaudieres or mini pyramids, proving yet again that the ancient Egyptian culture was as rich as a culture could be.

A mesmerizing tribute to New York was part of Lagerfeld’s collection for CHANEL, as graffiti artist Cyril Kongo – who also created the invitations for the show – designed prints for a jacket, dresses and bags. That said, the streets of New York were ever so alive in a series of denim aviator jackets with patches stitched in gold thread, street art printed leather dresses and pop-colored leather trousers graffiti-ed with an aerosol.

Street Art Deco merged with Antiquity, ancient culture with modern upbringings, the past with the presents, Egyptian civilization fused with the city that never sleeps; this was a Lagerfeld’s masterful collection for CHANEL.

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Azzi & Osta Couture Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

Power duo George Azzi and Assaad Osta are not ones to shy away from the red carpet. In fact, their designs have been worn by numerous stars and celebrities alike, from Beyonce to Eva Longoria and Léa Seydoux – amongst many others – and they’ve always had this undisputable way of taking their fans into an enchanting world of their own.

And this time around, it was during Paris Haute Couture Week, and more specifically at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris that the Lebanese designers unveiled their Spring-Summer 2019 Couture collection. Named “Memoirs from the Silk Road”, the collection was inspired by the ancient trade network connecting East and West – where everything ranging from silk, goods and cultures were exchanged. Roughly translated, each and every gown from the collection was an homage to a city, a monument or even a memorable landmark.

“It was always very fascinating to us how silk as a luxury had to travel from one side of the earth to another to get to the royal courts of Europe .The idea of how secretive and protected was the provenance and art of silk making, is very similar to Couture, the savoir-faire, the well-kept secret of the couture house, and the journey that undertake every piece”, commented the designers.    

That said, the beating heart of the collection throbbed ever-so loudly amidst a series of exquisite fabrics, from silk satin, organza, double satin duchesse, and gazar – all of which reflected the minimalism and purity of the desert dunes and sea horizons. The duo was armed with one too many techniques and looks featured a bit of pleating on dresses from here, flowy fabrics from there and a whole lot of antique embroideries and sculptured structures from everywhere. And with colors skewing from powdery tones to vibrant monochrome hues, the pieces were truly remarkable, revealing a series of sheer-dresses, form-fitting gowns with high-slits and delicate embellishments. The collection ended with not just one, but two bridal looks – one of which was upholstered with a detailed embroidered cape, requiring the handy work of twenty craftsmen and over 120 hours of marvelous savoir-faire.

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Valentino Couture Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

Think of an amazing way to end a fashion show as epic as Valentino. Now picture said ending and add Naomi Campbell to the whole mix. Yes, you read right. The legendary model Naomi Campbell closed Valentino’s Haute Couture runway show and it was fa-bu-lous – to say the least. Indeed, the model made an unexpected appearance as she walked the finale in a sheer black gown with layers upon layers of ruffles.

But let’s go back to the start, shall we? On the last day of Haute Couture week, Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered an outstanding collection for Valentino, full of the joys of floral gowns, voluminous shapes and a whole lot of ruffles. The designer created a collection where no rules applied, from the shapes to the contrasting colors and the exquisite materials. If there was an expression of creativity and dreams, that was it. And so, pieces ranging from tiered-ruffle gowns to balloon-sleeves and overbearing numbers were all the rage – Kaia Gerber herself strutted down the runway in a green shimmery gown that was so majestic we could cry. And it was everything Valentino was about and more.

 

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Zuhair Murad Couture Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

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Viktor & Rolf Couture Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

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Maison Margiela Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

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Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture Spring-Summer 2019 Collection

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