As is customary with the House, Lagerfeld presented Chanel's Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture Collection at the Grand Palais in Paris, complete with its own outdoor woodland landscape with waves of lush green garden and a beautiful wooden doll-like house. This earthy environment set the tone for what was to come: an haute couture collection inspired by nature and eco lightweight materials, dashed with fragments and shavings of wood, comprised of a largely beige palette of ecru, ivory, sand, dove, putty taupe and mocha.
Classic Chanel silhouettes were reinterpreted into puffy, exaggerated creations with a nod to nature, and models walked on the runway as if wandering through a medieval forest. Blouses, skirts and dresses were embroidered with bee motifs, while chiffon and lamé organza were twisted into different variations of pleats. Each look was carefully thought out and crafted, and evening only stepped up the delicacy, charming audiences with painted capes with rhinestones, wide-cut boleros and satin charmeuse dresses, backless or with a plunging décolletté. And as theatrical as this all sounds, Lagerfeld ended the show with a bride walking down the aisle in a geometric lace strapless dress embroidered with bursts of chiffon, leather, wood shavings, beads and rhinestones, topped with a hooded jacket with a train. Perhaps eco-design is starting to take flight in high fashion.
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Also take a look at the hours of work put in to make a single haute couture dress:
All images courtesy of Chanel.