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CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture - Should Karl Lagerfeld ever find a moment to tear himself away from his books and his drawing pads and happen to look out the windows of the sleek spaceship apartment that serves as home for him and his beloved cat, Choupette, he would see a magnificent view of the Seine and the green-painted wooden stands of the boquinistes plying their trade of old books, prints, and magazines, as they have for centuries in this powerfully evocative place.

For the Chanel Fall haute couture show, Lagerfeld evoked that view—with its wide sidewalks and low stone walls framing the magnificent Institut de France, built by Louis le Vau for Cardinal Mazarin in the 1660s (and where the Academie Française is housed)—and sent out a collection whose steely coloring and focus was an homage to the city that he has known since the 1950s.

“I came to live here when I was 18,” Lagerfeld remembered during a fitting on the eve of the show, recalling a city still suffering from postwar neglect, with “dirty streets” and dark, unrestored buildings. “People said to my parents, ‘But he can get lost,’” he added. “My mother knew better: I had a strong survivor instinct!” Despite the city’s drear, survivor Karl fell in love with it—and the affair has proved enduring.

The collection’s tweeds, failles, and chiffons evoked the nuances of the city’s greige stone facades beneath smoldering gray skies, lit by astonishing embroideries that sparkled like the lights of the bateaux mouches on the Seine, and showcased the nonpareil workmanship of the great fashion fournisseurs that Chanel has acquired to ensure its flourishing survival. “High fashion is about Paris, huh?” queried Lagerfeld, and certainly no one makes clothes like the Chanel couture atelier.

This season, he has built everything around what he calls the “high profile”—long skirts that unzip to the thigh to reveal provocative miniskirts beneath. “You can wear it zipped down when you visit your banker, no?” said the designer during a preview, “and zipped up when you see your lover after!” The narrow sleeves unzip to the perfectly defined shoulder, too, revealing silk and chiffon linings quilted by hand to resemble the signature Chanel purse—a refinement that only the wearer would appreciate.

And the refinements don’t stop there: Those unzipped skirts reveal a crusting of embroidery on the miniskirt beneath. The same silver foil that heats a weary marathon runner was plaited and woven and plumped with air to create a light-as-thistledown ball-gown skirt, worn with a black velvet sweater licked with glossy black plumes. A black velvet coat swung in movement to reveal that its lining is discreetly but entirely encrusted with hand-beaded pink pansy blooms. Perfect chiffon pleats, meanwhile, were trapped over the hips and broke out into fullness below.

Hairstylist Sam McKnight gave Chanel’s Parisian gamines rockabilly forelocks, and the young Coco Chanel herself would have recognized the elegant curving heel of the ankle boots worn with every single look and often embroidered or embellished to match.

Lagerfeld’s bride beautifully embodied by Adut Akech brought up the rear of this Amazon army, wearing pale verdigris tweed. During the fitting its opal gleam seemed a beautiful but unconventional choice for a bride, but as Akech strode out along the runway’s broad “sidewalk” and the brilliant sunlight streaming through the glass dome of the Grand Palais hit the volutes of Lesage embroidery on her jacket, the color—the same as the sturdy but fragile-looking steel filaments that support the building’s glazed roof, as well as the sunlit variants on the boquinistes’ stands seemed inevitable.

As designers this season struggle to define what the haute couture means for them in 2018—sober classicism à la the Duchess of Sussex, for instance, or a fireworks display of craft and technique—Karl Lagerfeld stands alone. He doesn’t need to send out his girls hobbled by acres of train gathering runway fluff and dust to make a “couture” statement; instead, the brilliant premiers of the Chanel tailoring department carve the shoulders of their second-skin jackets just so, while the flou (or soft dressmaking) ateliers layer 40 meters of chiffon in angelic white or stormy gray at just the right bias to create unencumbering skirts that swirl in movement like clouds scudding across a Parisian sky, creating pure couture magic that sets the bar for perfection very high indeed.

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With Love from Paris, Andréa

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#CHANELHolidays Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld in Deauville, starring Helena Christensen. © CHANEL Spring-Summer 1990
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CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture - THE BRIDE WORE GREEN - Lagerfeld’s bride beautifully embodied by Adut Akech brought up the rear of this Amazon army, wearing pale verdigris tweed, embroidered with green and gold olive branches. During the fitting its opal gleam seemed a beautiful but unconventional choice for a bride, but as Akech strode out along the runway’s broad “sidewalk” and the brilliant sunlight streaming through the glass dome of the Grand Palais hit the volutes of Lesage embroidery on her jacket, the color—the same as the sturdy but fragile-looking steel filaments that support the building’s glazed roof, as well as the sunlit variants on the boquinistes’ stands seemed inevitable.

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL Haute Couture show on http://bit.ly/CHANELHC19 - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#CHANELHauteCouture #CHANELHighProfile #CHANELCouture #CocoChanel #CHANEL #ParisHauteCouture #CHANELHC18 #CHANELFW18 #ParisCoutureWeek #PFW18 #ANDREAJANKELive
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CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture - THE BRIDE WORE GREEN - Lagerfeld’s bride beautifully embodied by Adut Akech brought up the rear of this Amazon army, wearing pale verdigris tweed, embroidered with green and gold olive branches. During the fitting its opal gleam seemed a beautiful but unconventional choice for a bride, but as Akech strode out along the runway’s broad “sidewalk” and the brilliant sunlight streaming through the glass dome of the Grand Palais hit the volutes of Lesage embroidery on her jacket, the color—the same as the sturdy but fragile-looking steel filaments that support the building’s glazed roof, as well as the sunlit variants on the boquinistes’ stands seemed inevitable.

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL Haute Couture show on http://bit.ly/CHANELHC19 - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#CHANELHauteCouture #CHANELHighProfile #CHANELCouture #CocoChanel #CHANEL #ParisHauteCouture #CHANELHC18 #CHANELFW18 #ParisCoutureWeek #PFW18 #ANDREAJANKELive
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CHANEL Autumn/Winter '18/19 Haute Couture with its gorgeous backdrop, the magnificent view of the Seine and the green-painted wooden stands of the boquinistes plying their trade of old books, prints, and magazines, as they have for centuries in this powerfully evocative place.

For the Chanel Fall haute couture show, Lagerfeld evoked that view—with its wide sidewalks and low stone walls framing the magnificent Institut de France, built by Louis le Vau for Cardinal Mazarin in the 1660s (and where the Academie Française is housed)—and sent out a collection whose steely coloring and focus was an homage to the city that he has known since the 1950s.

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL Haute Couture presentation >> http://bit.ly/CHANELHC19 - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#CHANELHauteCouture #CHANELHighProfile #CHANELCouture #CocoChanel #CHANEL #ParisHauteCouture #CHANELHC18 #CHANELFW18 #ParisCoutureWeek #PFW18 #ANDREAJANKELive
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BLACK & SILVER TONES by CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2018 Haute Couture which was presented last Tuesday. The Haute Couture collection’s evening looks feature sparkly skirts and shimmering coats in metallic hues, scattered with embroidered or overstitched silver leaves constrasting matte velvet tops.

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With Love from Paris, Andréa

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Throwback to wonderful backstage impressions from CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture runway show - Please, explore my Instagram-story direct from Paris Couture Week & Save-The-Date for Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 AM for CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2018 Haute Couture presentation live-streamed on https://www.instagram.com/andreajankeofficial/ - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

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SPRING EMBROIDERIES by CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture - Flowers is the guiding thread of the Spring‑Summer Haute Couture collection and is featured into brocades of pearls and rhinestone embroideries on the silhouettes imagined by Karl Lagerfeld.

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL HC presentation in Paris > https://www.instagram.com/p/BeSagTAgl7u/ - enjoy! With Love from Paris, Andréa

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Throwback to wonderful impressions from CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture runway show - Please, explore my Instagram-story direct from Paris Couture Week & Save-The-Date for Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 AM for CHANEL Autumn/Winter 2018 Haute Couture presentation live-streamed on https://www.instagram.com/andreajankeofficial/ - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

#CHANEL #CHANELHauteCouture #CHANELCouture #HauteCouture #ParisHauteCouture #CHANELHC18 #ChanelSS18 #CocoChanel #GabrielleChanel #Fashion #ANDREAJANKELive
CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture - It sounds silly to say, but the presentation of the Chanel Haute Couture show was unpretentious, too. The set was a classic French garden with a fountain, sandy paths, and rose-threaded pergolas. In other words: You knew where you were not on your way to the moon in a Chanel rocket or sitting in awe at the foot of a roaring cascade in the Gorges du Verdon. Instead, the garden trope took us back to what the couture season in Paris used to be: a breath of spring wrapped in a prettiness designed to lure customers to Chanel HQ on the Rue Cambon.

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Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 HC presentation in Paris > https://www.instagram.com/p/BeSagTAgl7u/ & follow my live-stream from the upcoming CHANEL Haute Couture show on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10.00 AM - enjoy! With Love from Paris, Andréa

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Throwback to the last CHANEL Haute Couture presentation - Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 HC presentation in Paris > https://www.instagram.com/p/BeSagTAgl7u/ & stay-tuned for my live-stream on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 10.00 AM - enjoy!

With Love from Paris, Andréa

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CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture - At the heart of a verdant landscape, beneath the nef of the Grand Palais, CHANEL presents its Spring‑Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection. Guests discover the poetic and modern opus in a leafy grove set that encompasses a fountain and an alcove of wooden plaits where roses, ivy and jasmin intertwine. Throughout the 68 looks, Karl Lagerfeld combines all of the ateliers know‑how which exhilarates the lightness of tulles, silks, chiffons and organzas whether they be pleated, embroidered with sequins, beads, stones or strass. The models walk the show with floral hat‑veils and plexiglass heeled low‑boots in tweed.

This season, soft toned and powder tinted tweed suits are cut straight or slightly trapeze with a relaxed collar and rounded shoulders while skirts open unto vivid shades of satin. Sometimes the suit transforms into a coat‑dress, at times into a trompe l'oeil styled dress, occasionally into a long tunic dress or as flared jackets, worn with skirts or French‑style breeches.

Evening gowns alternate between slender shapes and airy volumes, subtle superimpositions and transparencies. The bustier mini‑dress, which is entirely embroidered and covered with a stone studded and beaded tulle. The bottom of a long duchess satin dress is puffed with tulle, the painted flowers that ornate it, dancing about a light skirt. Anemones, buttercups, carnations and bouquets of camellia bloom beneath layers of embroideries. Spring inspires this rich palette of colors that range from light tints (white, pink, tender green, orange, grey and gentle taupe), brighter hues (vivid coral and fuchsia, electric blue, mint-green), to deeper tones (black and ink).

Explore my Instagram-story direct from the CHANEL HC presentation in Paris > https://www.instagram.com/p/BeSagTAgl7u/ - enjoy! With Love from Paris, Andréa

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