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BACKSTAGE AT HAUTE COUTURE SS19: CHANEL

Karl Lagerfeld presents an elaborate 18th-century inspired collection for Chanel Haute Couture.

Chanel SS19 Haute Couture mint strapless gown with embroidered flowers
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture pale pink pastel suit
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture mint strapless gown with embroidered flowers
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture pale pink pastel suit

For Chanel Haute Couture SS19, Karl Lagerfeld transformed The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées into the extravagant garden of an 18th-century Mediterranean stately home. Models glided through the iconic architectural landmark in garments inspired by the uber-feminine silhouettes of the period, crafted with techniques that paid homage to the artisans and entrepreneurs of French luxury.

The collection reinterpreted classic 18th-century motifs, with a particular emphasis on flowers in a palette of monochrome and pastels. Voluminous skirts, balloon sleeves, peplum hems, bows and collars folded inside out evoked floral shapes, and hand-crafted embroidery created the illusion of scattered bouquets. Feathers and torn tulle dramatised these silhouettes, while leather and sequins added a modern edge to create what Lagerfeld described as “a serene, ideal, timeless collection, that’s absolutely now, with new shapes”.

Lace, intricate beading and hand-painted ceramic celebrated the frivolity of 18th-century style, as well as the skills of its craftsmen. Though permeated with history and tradition, the collection’s closing bridal look broke all its rules: an embroidered bathing suit, accessorised with a swimming hat and veil (obvs).

We’re not screaming, you’re screaming.

Chanel SS19 Haute Couture fur lined suit
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture pastel peplum flower suit
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture fur lined suit
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture pastel peplum flower suit
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture silver sequinned dress with navy tulle finish
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture black leather skirt and feathered white jacket
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture silver sequinned dress with navy tulle finish
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture black leather skirt and feathered white jacket
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture monochrome suit skirt with bow
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture black leather jacket and white flowy skirt
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture monochrome suit skirt with bow
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture black leather jacket and white flowy skirt
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture pink gown with ruffles
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture sequinned swimsuit bridal look
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture pink gown with ruffles
Chanel SS19 Haute Couture sequinned swimsuit bridal look
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BACKSTAGE AT HAUTE COUTURE SS19: CHANEL

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