Chanel’s runway highlights – Stunning backdrops. Handsome mannequins and sumptuous gowns. The fashion shows Chanels leave nothing to be desired. Which supermodels walk for the fashion empire on the runways of this world. How it goes in the studio of the fashion giant for the preparations of each collection so and how creative the luxury brand libraries and train stations for themselves converted, you see here.
Chanel – Timelessly elegant fashion in the name of female emancipation
The fashion giant was founded in 1913 by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. The French woman, who came from a poor background at the time, opened her first Chanel boutique in Deauville, France, at the age of 30. Her loose dresses and rather comfortable cuts were initially met with disapproval rather than acclaim. Her simple yet elegant designs were atypical of 1910s fashion. The famous ‘Little Black Dress’ later helped the style icon finally achieve international success. Since its breakthrough, the brand has also been celebrated for its padded leather handbags with topstitching and metal link chains. The perfume Chanel No. 5 is also one of the absolute must-haves of every Chanel fan.
Moonlike and bold fashion for the winter
The winter outfits always have leather boots with high heels despite wind and weather. Likewise, the elaborate hairstyles are dispensed with in winter. In contrast to the hairstyles in the summer, the hair is only tied together in a simple braid or simply combed open to the back.
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Elegant dresses and classic accessories
For Virginie Viard, the mirrored staircase is the starting point of every collection. Over the past 30 years, the house of Chanel explains, it has always been Virginie Viard who has worked closely with the Métiers d’Art ateliers, researching and experimenting with them. She opens her first Métiers d’Art collection as successor to Karl Lagerfeld with black coats in soft cashmere bouclé, adorned with chiffon ribbons embroidered with gold-colored beads and sequins.
Autumn collection with cool tones and casual cuts
In the style of the 1968 film “The Does” by French director Claude Chabrol, female models walked the runway together and chatted like confidantes at first glance. The models wore stylish retro black leather boots with a bell-shaped brandy collar in the middle of the calf, which became the leitmotif of the collection.
Exciting and innovative outfits in a quiet environment
For her haute couture debut, Virginie Viard chose the backdrop of a library. This was inspired by the library in Gabrielle Chanel’s day apartment on Rue Cambon (the legendary designer slept at the Ritz next door) with its chic bindings in splendour and chestnut colours, and by Galignani, the legendary bookshop on Rue de Rivoli that counted bibliophile Karl Lagerfeld among its most important customers.
Emotional show in memory of Karl Lagerfeld
In a somber yet serene show that captured airiness and substance, shrugging elegance and unbridled joy, the farewell was framed by Karl Lagerfeld’s prodigious talent as he envisioned it. He took us on a beautiful day to a place high in the mountains. It was a snow-covered retreat – a slice of Chanel heaven, viewed from a distance that was hauntingly hard to bear.
Delicate dresses and stylish hairstyles for summer
One thing is particularly striking about the summer collections. The collections for the warmer seasons usually include dresses rather than trousers or skirts. As described above, the hair of the models in the summer is often more elaborately draped, gelled or sprayed.
Unique prêt-à-porter on the rooftops of Paris
Up on the roof chez Chanel, a procession of leggy girls on flat heels, wearing tweed playsuits, tiny silk trousers, garçonne dresses and little bell-shaped skirts. Where Lagerfeld might have donned funny pun accessories, Viard’s instinct was to strip down and emphasize the essence of silhouette and tweed chanel textures in a relatable context – after all, who could dare mimic his wit?
Haute Couture collection of contrasts: Moral & Sensual at the same time
Virginie Viard’s haute couture presentation Chanel saw us in the romantically overgrown garden of a convent miraculously located in the cold immensity of Paris’s Grand Palais. In fanciful retellings of her autobiography, Chanel referred to the convent’s strict and unforgiving nuns as “aunts.” Nevertheless, these mistresses taught the young Chanel to sew, giving her the tools to build a life for herself as an independent woman in later years.
Exclusive fashion show with breathtaking scenery
The collection was presented downstairs in the Grand Palais’s big, soaring room. Although there were train tracks here, there was no train, because who could eclipse the steaming trains of John Galliano’s sensational fall 1998 haute couture show for Christian Dior. Viard instead transformed the vast space of the Grand Palais into a train platform, the audience seated expectantly on old-fashioned benches, and the building’s existing Art Nouveau architecture successfully evoking a turn-of-the-century train station for giants.
Chanel’s first swimsuit debuts in royal garden
Outside the Grand Palais in sub-zero Paris, it may have been snowing, but inside Karl Lagerfeld took us to a sun-baked Italian villa where terracotta oleander urns flanked an inviting pool and cypress and palm trees shaded sandy pathways, stone balustrades and a sweeping staircase.
The ‘Making of’ Chanels – From the studio to the catwalk
Chanel in particular is known for taking its viewers behind the scenes on YouTube. No matter if it’s the preparations for the Fashion Week, the hustle and bustle in the backstage area shortly before the show starts or the making of the latest collections. Likewise there are, by Karl Lagerfeld brought to life, image films or films the history of Coco or Chanel. With elaborate and emotional stylistic means, short videos are created in blockbuster quality.
Creative design process with fine craftsmanship
Virginie Viard’s Autumn-Winter 2019/20 collection showcases the ever-renewed creativity and unique savoir-faire of Chanel’s haute couture ateliers and métiers d’art. See how the House of Chanel and its seamstresses and sewers create the handmade garments.
Hectic in the last minutes before the show
From backstage to the show, a closer look at the ready-to-wear looks and accessories for spring and summer 2020.