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Top beauty looks at the Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017 show in Tokyo, Japan

Eye-popping eye shadow and bold hair accessories had pride of place at the Japanese leg of Chanel‘s widely followed Métiers d’Art Paris Cosmopolite 2016/17 show on Wednesday night. Lily Rose Depp, Vittoria Ceretti, Alisha Nesvat and Tokyo-born actress Nana Komatsu put their best faces forward with refreshed make up looks.

Eyes were the focal point of Chanel’s latest runway event. Models’ eyelids were accentuated with a bold sweep of highly pigmented white eye shadow for an ultra eye-opening effect. Chanel’s palette sourcils was applied to brushed-up brows for extra emphasis.

Recreate blinding lids with Chanel‘s Tissé Smoky n°246 eyeshadow quad and a touch of ombre premiere in sable n°28 and noir satin n°26.

Matte lips were de rigueur with nude shades as firm favorites thanks to a touch of Rouge Allure ink in ‘Amoureux’ and ‘Séduisant’ and Rouge Coco balm. New Chanel muse Nana Komatsu stole the show with a statement raspberry lip.

Chanel’s runway makeup staples included a host of must-haves from the ‘Les Beiges’ range such as the belle mine naturelle powder and perfection corrector. For the replica show in Japan, hair genius Sam McKnight kept the hair focus soft and romantic. The models’ decidedly ‘just-woke-up-like-this’ hairstyles were jazzed up with veils, large Chanel silk and tulle flowers, little crowns of roses in black, navy, white and coral.

Sistine Stallone wore delicate posy-like hair accessories in Chanel classic shades of black and white to match the monochrome tweed twill of her quilted knit jacket. In November of last year, Chanel and Fendi‘s in-house hair genius published his first book—”Hair by Sam McKnight.” An inspiring read for any hair enthusiast, the book provides a back catalogue of Karl Lagerfeld approved ponytails and extravagant hairstyles that McKnight has conjured up for Chanel’s major runway events.

Chanel ambassador Caroline de Maigret was also among the guests attending the replica Paris Cosmopolite show in Tokyo. Until June 15, visitors heading to Chanel’s Ginza boutique can get a sneak peak at the model, music producer and writer’s wardrobe essentials with a special in-store installation and photo booth animation.

Cartier Maison des Métiers d’Arts: A look inside the art of watchmaking

Over the last five years, the world of luxury watches has become that much more beautiful, thanks in no small part to the proliferation of traditional métiers d’arts, or artistic crafts, imbued into mechanical watches. While haute horlogerie is, in itself, an artistic craft, métiers d’arts bring the fine arts into watchmaking and they include hand engraving, miniature painting, grand feu enamel, gem setting, and more. Among the watch companies with the most profound interest and know-how of the métiers d’arts, the one that practices the widest repertoire of crafts, including the most arcane and age-old crafts, is undoubtedly Cartier.cartier-art-house

With a long and fabled history with the world of art that continues till today, it is only natural that the luxury maison gains full mastery of the métiers d’arts. What’s more surprising, though, is Cartier’s ability to blend technique with creativity and to marry lost arts with modern watchmaking. Also impressive is the extent to which Cartier is devoted to métiers d’arts. Now that they have become a major preoccupation of the maison, they deserve a dedicated space where the crafts are consolidated and artisans can work uninterrupted. Fittingly, Cartier calls this space Maison des Métiers d’Arts, or house of the artistic crafts.cartier-art-of-watchmaking

Consolidated Craftsmanship

Just a short distance away from Cartier’s magnificent manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, what used to be a Bernese-style farm dating from the end of the 18th century is now the Cartier Maison des Métiers d’Arts. Considering how watchmaking used to be a part-time job for farmers in the winter when there are no crops to tend, this beautiful historical mansion is a perfectly chosen site. Cartier preserved as much of it as possible even as the interior has been refurbished with a modern framework – perhaps a metaphor for its gift for bridging the past and the present. All this becomes apparent as soon as you step into the mansion. Abundant light streaming in from the roof and open-worked gables lead one to think of the classical architecture of watch manufactures while wooden panelling and 18th century limestone flagstones, lime plaster, and period furnishing keep the spirit of the original building intact. Three rooms occupy the ground floor: Grand Salon, Petit Salon, and Salle de Présentation.cartier-traditional-machinery

Precious Metalworking

King of jewellers and jeweller of kings, Cartier prides itself on jewellery making know-how and the mansion’s first floor is given to all things gilded and glittery. Traditional gem setting and jewellery making are both accomplished here by Cartier’s master craftsmen and women, and motifs that are perennial favourites of the maison like the panther and the caiman, in addition to all manner of flora and fauna, sparkle with life. A painstaking process, the pieces are first rendered in an open-worked design drilled with cavities, which will eventually be studded with precious stones. It is the master gem-setter’s eye that decides which stone goes with which and then he carefully crafts the appropriate setting – prong, claw, collet, or bezel. The piece is polished several times throughout the crafting process, and is a consummate skill requiring years of experience to master.cartier-historical-pieces

In recent years, Cartier has expanded its repertoire of skills to include gold granulation and filigree work. To much critical acclaim, Cartier launched the Rotonde de Cartier Panther with Granulation in 2013, a watch that introduced a completely new craft to modern watchmaking. Having discovered the ancient Etruscan art of gold granulation, Cartier promptly researched deeply to study its technique. Likened to sowing seeds of gold, granulation involves creating gold beads using long gold wires that have been cut up, rolled in charcoal dust, and heated with a flame. The beads are then assembled one by one to create a motif, and then fused with a gold surface. Cartier’s panther with granulation is made up of nearly 3,800 gold beats and took approximately 360 hours to complete the underlying engraving and bead fusing.

Filigree work is just as intricate as gold granulation. Attributed to the ancient Sumerians, this craft dates back to 3000 BC and is done by twisting gold or platinum wires and then hammering to flatten the strips, which are shaped to form a motif and then soldered onto a surface. The latest craft to join Cartier’s repertoire, it will be featured in the Ronde Louis Cartier in 2015 which combines filigree work with the application of lacquer and gem setting. Taking the form of two panthers locked in an embrace, the filigree work in yellow gold and platinum takes no fewer than 10 days to complete.cartier-histoircal-pieces-3

Colour & Fire

One of the best loved forms of métiers d’arts, enamelling can be done with a wide range of techniques. Found on the second floor, the most superior and traditional technique is said to be grand feu enamelling, which requires the enameller to create a mixture of raw enamel and metallic oxides to be fired at a temperature of over 800 degrees Celsius. In order to create an elaborate painting with shades and colour nuances, the enameller has to use a palette of coloured raw enamel and each shade of each colour has to be fired individually. The result is a painting brought to life by layers of colours.

There are different techniques to apply enamel to a dial, all of which are considered traditional. Champlevé enamel involves carving out cavities where the raw enamel is to be applied, leaving only strips of metal in between the cavities. Cloisonné enamel is quite the opposite, as it involves applying strips of metal on the dial to demarcate where the raw enamel is to be applied. These strips are called cloisons (meaning partition) in French. Much rarer than champlevé or cloisonné is the plique-à-jour enamel, which resembles stained glass windows in churches. Plique-à-jour is similar to cloisonné except it does not have a base.cartier-historical-pieces-2

Grisaille enamel is also very rare. In fact it was almost a lost art. To perform grisaille enamelling, the enameller begins with a dial of black enamel and uses only translucent white enamel called limoge blanc to paint the desired images. Multiple layers of the limoge blanc is needed to achieve a clear white stroke, and each layer has to be fired individually, making grisaille enamelling one of the most laborious techniques of all. Yet, Cartier has managed to find a silver lining, make that a gold lining, with grisaille enamelling. Working with a gold paste instead of limoge blanc, the maison utilises the same technique with a precious material, adding just that bit of prestige to the age-old craft.

In addition to enamelling, this part of the Maison des Métiers d’Arts is also where one of Cartier’s most talked-about watches, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Floral Marquetry, is made. Marquetry as an art traditionally involves combining pieces of sculpted wood to form a larger canvas. Instead of wood, however, Cartier made stunning works of marquetry using rose petals and straw. Again, these painstaking processes call for enormous concentration on the part of the craftsman as well as inordinate numbers of man-hours to complete. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier Floral Marquetry took two weeks just for the marquetry work alone while a straw marquetry creation like the Rotonde de Cartier Straw Marquetry with lion motif, where individual blades of straw were hand chosen, split blade by blade, flattened with a burnishing bone, and assembled by hand, took 45 hours to make.cartier-historical-pieces-4

Similar to marquetry, stone mosaic is another craft practiced by Cartier and is done on the Rotonde de Cartier Stone Mosaic with tiger motif. In this watch, the maison combines small miniature square stones for the background with irregular-shaped stones known as tesserae that are used for the motif. Observe how the natural nuances of stone has been used to create shadowed hues. Nearly 500 tiny tesserae and up to 70 hours of work were required to literally put this dial together.

Glorious Past

Ascend to the eaves of the Maison des Métiers d’Arts and you would enter into a sacred space devoted to Cartier’s creative universe. Not just reserved for exhibitions and private events, this area is open to the artisans of the maison should they seek a place to exchange ideas and share knowledge. Indeed, the exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge is the primary objective of Maison des Métiers d’Arts. It is also why all the floors and rooms are designed with an open concept and are easily accessible from one to another. Like the masterpieces of yesteryears, Cartier’s modern creations break boundaries and rethink conventions but they are always beautifully interpreted. Now with Maison des Métiers d’Arts, Cartier looks set to bring haute horlogerie even closer to the fine arts.

This article was first published in WOW.

Chanel Métiers d'Art runway show

Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show 2016 stars Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams

For 13 years Salzbourg, Rome, Dallas and Edinburg, have served as the enviable locations to celebrate Chanel’s annual Metiers d’Art show. This year, the label picked Paris, a fashion capital and home to the brand’s founder.

Last Tuesday, the Ritz Paris was transformed into an extravagant theatre from the 1930s, that was the stage of Chanel’s annual show. The French label indeed decided to pay homage to its founder Coco Chanel – in a joyful, festive way. Why that specific venue? “The Ritz is very Paris, but men and women from all over the world come here, so it is a temple of cosmopolitan elegance,” declared Karl Lagerfeld. But there is more to the story.

Coco Chanel herself has lived a large part of her life in one of the majestic hotel’s suites – bringing in an air of scandal, when she was sharing her bet with a German intelligence Officer, during WWII.

Chanel Métiers d'Art runway show

Focusing on a lighter, more insouciant part of Coco Chanel’s life, Karl Lagerfeld revived the 1930s glamour to perfection. As a perfect tribute to Chanel’s style and spirit, Pillbox hats with netted veils, long woolly jumpers and glittery tweed suits reigned on the catwalk — mixing aristocracy and glamour in the finest way. Contrasting with the usual austere runway faces, Chanel’s models were facetious and smiling.

Chanel invited some of its most famous models, including Lily-rose and Cara Delevingne on the runway — Both of whom embraced the glorious Chanel spirit.

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Pharrell Williams at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art runway show

Pharrell Williams also took the catwalk, wearing a navy tweed jacket and strings of pearls. Levi Dylan, grandson of a recent surprise Nobel laureate and up-and-coming model Sofia Richie were also part of the stunning cast. With all the plumes and camellias adorning the heads, The Ritz Paris, looked like a flashback from the 1930s in all its decadent glory. 

Paris-Salzburg Métiers d'Art show

Ritz Paris Hosts Chanel Metiers d’Art Show

It seems that Chanel is taking a break from its exotic travels abroad. Following Rome, Salzburg, Dallas and Mumbai, the Metiers d’Art show this year will be held within the confines of the iconic Ritz Paris this winter.

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Choosing The Ritz wasn’t by chance – Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel lived in the hotel for more than 30 years, even decorating the luxury apartment herself. Located at the French capital’s prestigious Place Vendome, the Ritz underwent a four-year facelift that saw a new ‘terrasse’ and fewer rooms (from 159 to 142) so guests can enjoy a more spacious experience. And because the Mademoiselle herself made The Ritz her home away from home, the hotel has also added the world’s first Chanel spa to its already-extensive list of uber-decadent facilities.

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The 12th Chanel Metiers d’Art show, “Paris inRome”
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The Chanel Metiers d’Art show has long been a platform to honor the Maison’s longstanding dedication to craftsmanship and artistry in each of its collections. The show also pays tribute to the workshops, with its artisans and partners involved in the laborious process of creating the clothes – all the way from the drawing board to the runway. This would, however, mark the second time the French label has chosen to focus on Paris. Its 2015 collection – “Paris in Rome” – was an homage to both Parisian theater and the rising fashion capital.

Chanel Paris to Rome 2015/16 Visits Beijing

Is there nothing the Kaiser can’t do?  For his latest Paris to Rome 2015/16 Métiers d’art show, he brought a little piece of Rome with him to Beijing. This isn’t only the first Chanel show to be held there but is also the first time a fashion house and social platform WeChat have collaborated on a show.

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Amidst a black and white old-school backdrop of Paris, the show saw models walking through and around film set café terraces and fountains. The idyllic Beijing setting was transformed into a black and white movie set where celebrities, guests and models all partied to grooves by supermodel Ming Xi, Chinese actor William Chan and Bai Baihe.

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As always, the Chanel show delivered on star power. Chanel ambassador Kristen Stewart rocked a signature edgy look in a strapless leather dress and kohl-rimmed eyes, while Descendants of the Sun actress Song Hye Kyo channelled gamine chic in a printed blouse and A-line skirt from the label.

Read more about the show and view more pictures at L’Officiel.com.

Chanel Goes Paris in Rome with Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, the face of Chanel’s Collection Eyes, is back with in two new black-and white videos for the Métiers d’art campaign called Paris in Rome. The videos, shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself, see the actress in a light we have never seen before.

Playing an Italian movie starlet, the traditional tom-boy, Stewart is decked out in the finest Chanel has to offer while lounging in a Parisian apartment. Her smokey eyes, red lips and tousled bob help add to the seductive nature of the campaign. In the trusted hands of Lagerfeld, the campaign is sensual and elegant while showcasing a woman of Chanel before at the start and at the end of her work days.Chanel-Kristen-Stewart-article

From tights in expertly crafted lace to quilted leather skirts and a silk tulle jacket, Stewart embodies the modern woman of the brand. Another feature in the campaign, is the updated 2.55 handbag that is available in ultra-soft calfskin materials. True to the brand’s nature, the minimalistic designs and sophisticated materials make for a truly elegant campaign that marries the Savoir Faire of Métiers d’art with the creativity of Lagerfeld himself. Check out the two campaign videos below.

 

The Chanel Métiers d’art ‘Paris in Rome’ Collection is now available in stores.

Rome by Way of Paris: Chanel 2015/16 Métiers d’art

French luxury giant Chanel brought the drama to Rome December 1, with legendary Italian film studio Cinecittà serving as the backdrop for the unveiling of the Paris-Rome 2015/16 “Métiers d’art” pre-fall collection.

It was a star-studded affair all round, with designer Karl Lagerfeld using the opportunity to debut a movie of his own – the short film Once and Forever, starring Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin (covered previously in L’Officiel Singapore). The runway itself was a movie-theater-worthy black and white cinema reconstruction of the City of Light.

The clothes invoked both the nostalgic Paris of the silver screen and that of the modern-day fashion capital, walking the delicate line between romantic and suggestive.

A model presents a creation during the 12th Chanel Metiers díArt show “Paris-Rome”. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Knitwear was given a dreamy makeover for the collection, with chunky sweaters in pastel hues livened up by intricate detailing that was overtly pretty. Lagerfeld captured the poetic charm of the French capital with whimsical pieces such as a puffball-sleeved cream dress adorned with a pink ribbon belt.

However, there was more than a hint of the vamp in the collection’s glamorous black leather mini dresses and peacoats, while the lace stockings, pencil skirts and cropped tops lent the affair a distinctly racy undertone.

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There were plenty of the French house’s classic tweeds on show, with cape silhouettes and trouser suits adding a 1960s vibe that was exacerbated by the model’s coiffed beehives and kholed-out eyes. The signature fabric was used to created bulky overcoats and trenches that were layered over the gossamer-light lingerie-style dresses for a very French insouciance that perfectly encapsulated the Parisian nonchalance when it comes to style.

US actress Kristen Stewart (C), US actress Geraldine Chaplin (3rdL) and Italian director Matteo Garonne attend the 12th Chanel Metiers díArt show "Paris-Rome", an annual event to honor craftsmanship that artisan partners bring to the houseís collections, on December 1, 2015 at the Cinecitta studios in Rome. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
Kristen Stewart (C), Geraldine Chaplin and Italian director Matteo Garonne attend the Chanel show. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Paris-Salzburg Métiers d'Art show

Chanel Plans Shows for New York, Rome and Seoul

Paris-Salzburg Métiers d'Art show

 announced on Thursday that it will be repeating its recent Métiers d’Art show in New York City at the end of March, and will also be be bringing its forthcoming Cruise collection to South Korea, before the next Métiers d’Art show in Rome next December.

On March 31 in New York City, Chanel will reshow the Paris-Salzburg collection that was first presented on December 2 at the Schloss Leopoldskron, a sumptuous palace in the snowy Austrian city of Salzburg.

Following the Big Apple show, the Croisière (Resort 2016) collection will then be unveiled at the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the South Korean capital Seoul on Monday, May 4.

The final big news in the brand’s year of mobile fashion shows is that the next Métiers d’Art show (the Pre-Fall 2016 season) will be shown in Rome, with the Italian capital welcoming Chanel on December 1 this year.

We can’t wait to see what various influences Lagerfeld takes from the dynamic Asian tech hub for Resort and from the ancient city of Rome.

Kristen Stewart for Chanel

Kristen Stewart for Chanel

Kristen Stewart is the latest Hollywood celebrity to star in a campaign for the legendary French luxury house.

Kristen Stewart has appeared in the Dallas-themed shoot for Chanel, showing off the brand’s latest Métiers d’Art collection which got its runway reveal late last year in Texas.

Kristen Stewart Chanel Ad Campaign

The collaboration was first announced back in December last year, just after the show on December 10 at Dallas Fair Park.

Stewart appears in the images, which were photographed by Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, wearing the cowgirl-themed collection and rocking braids on the side of her head.

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The 24-year-old actress is following in the footsteps of Tilda Swinton, who was revealed as the face of the collection this time last year.

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

Something of a fashion favorite, Kristen has previously been the face of Balenciaga’s Florabotanica fragrance.

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Kristen Stewart is the new face of Chanel

Chanel announced that actress Kristen Stewart will star in the campaign for its Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas 2013-2014 collection, presented in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, December 10.

To be shot, naturally, by none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself, the campaign will show the “Twilight” heroine in pieces from this exceptional collection. The 23-year-old brunette follows in the footsteps of Scottish actress Tilda Swinton, the face of the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Edinburgh collection last year.

Kristen Stewart Chanel Fashion show

Kristen Stewart was present for this year’s Métiers d’Art festival in Dallas. In addition to the debut of the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas 2013-2014 collection, the event was home to the premiere of The Return, the short film on Coco Chanel, directed by Karl Lagerfeld.

The campaign starring Kristen Stewart will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2014. The actress, known for her rocker style, is already a brand ambassador for Florabotanica fragrances from Balenciaga.

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Chanel brings art to Dallas

For its 2013/14 Metiers d’Art fashion show, previously held in India and Scotland, CHANEL will be traveling to Dallas, Texas for a showcase themed “Paris: Dallas”: Fair Park

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Fair Park is the perfect location for Chanel: built in 1936 to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary, the 277-acre park contains the world’s largest collection of art deco buildings, art and sculpture.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel also visted the city herself to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion in 1957.

The event will see the first screening of Lagerfeld’s movie The Return, which stars Geraldine Chaplin and Rupert Everett among others, and looks at Coco’s return to the world of Parisian haute couture after years in the fashion wilderness following the Second World War.

Tilda Swinton face of new Chanel campaign

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

Inspired by the Scottish influence of Chanel’s pre-fall 2013 Paris-Edimbourg collection, the iconic fashion house tapped actress Tilda Swinton for the  Chanel Métiers d’Art’s campaign.

“Tilda perfectly embodies the Paris-Edimbourg collection,” said Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director. “She is of course Scottish, but more than that, she is a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance.”

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

As usual the campaign was shot by Lagerfeld himself, who has photographed Swinton on a number of previous occasions, most recently as part of his “Little Black Jacket” book and exhibition.

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

Swinton is best known for her film work, and picked up the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in February 2008 for her role in “Michael Clayton.”

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

She is also something of a fashion fan, starring as the face of the Pringle of Scotland luxury brand for a number of years, and appearing regularly at runway shows in London, Paris, and New York City.

Tilda Swinton Chanel campaign

Chanel acquires Scottish cashmere firm Barrie

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The Chanel Metiers d’Art show will take place in December at an as yet undisclosed location near the Scottish capital it was revealed Wednesday, following the French luxury brand’s acquisition of Scottish cashmere firm Barrie earlier in the week.

Karl Lagerfeld will be taking Chanel’s pre-fall collecition, known as the Metiers d’Art, to Edinburgh, revealed vogue.co.uk Wednesday.

Details are scarce for the moment, but a date for the show has been confirmed as Dec. 4, and the fashion extravaganza looks poised to set the Scottish capital alight.

Chanel announced on Tuesday that it had bought the Barrie Knitwear cashmere mill in the Scottish Borders area. The 140-year-old firm had been facing a long spell in administration after the collapse of parent company Dawson International.

Chanel fashion president Bruno Pavlovsky told the BBC: “The acquisition of Barrie business by Chanel is all the more natural as the factory has worked with us for more than 25 years, producing cashmere knitwear including Chanel’s iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans….Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our commitment to traditional expertise and craftsmanship, and our wish to safeguard their future and support their development,” he added.

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Chanel Paris-Bombay Metiers d’Art show

Stella Tennant Karl Lagerfeld

The annual Chanel Metier D’Arts premiere took place in the Galerie Courbe at Paris’s Grand Palais Tuesday December 6 with an India-themed luxury show.

Models, adorned with accessories including head-jewellery and turbans – also for men – walked the epic runway sporting the 2012 pre-fall collection.

Guests sat at banquet tables, which doubled as a runway, complete with chandeliers, opulent candlesticks – and a feast fit for a Maharaja.
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Karl Lagerfeld’s silent cinema brings Moscow to Paris


Karl Lagerfeld opened his pre-fall 2009 Chanel show last week with a ten-minute silent short film about Coco Chanel — his directorial debut!

Last year, Karl Lagerfeld brought Paris to London, and this year he brings Moscow to Paris, highlighted by his silent film presentation. He shied away from the subtle, with elements of Russian folklore tying the collection together, including elaborate headdresses, thick fluffy knits and sparkly gold boots.

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