Chanel returns to Paris for 2020 Metiers d’Art show

Virginie Viard has returned to Paris to unveil her debut Metiers d’Art show for Chanel.Each year, the French luxury fashion house presents a runway show outside of the traditional schedule in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, such …

Virginie Viard has returned to Paris to unveil her debut Metiers d’Art show for Chanel.

Each year, the French luxury fashion house presents a runway show outside of the traditional schedule in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, such as shoemaker Massaro, embroiderers Lesage and Atelier Montex, feather and flower specialist Maison Lemarie, hatmaker Maison Michel, as well as glove manufacturer Causse Gantier.

Previously, Karl Lagerfeld held his Metiers d’Art shows in cities such as New York, Hamburg, and Rome, but following the creative director’s death in February at the age of 85, his successor, Viard, decided to present her latest line at the Grand Palais in the French capital on Wednesday night. With the venue transformed so it resembled brand founder Coco Chanel’s 31 rue Cambon apartment, a Chanel representative explained: “Before discovering the collection designed by Virginie Viard, the guests were able to linger for a while in a replica of Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. It was to this intimate baroque space, full of memories, books and cherished objects, that Gabrielle Chanel loved to return to clear her mind. The guests then sat down in a reconstitution of the salons at 31 rue Cambon, which used to host Chanel’s first fashion shows.”

The spectacle kicked off with Vittoria Ceretti descending a staircase with Art Deco mirrors and beige steps edged in white, with the model sporting a black coat with crystal embellishment around the waist and cuffs. A number of monochromatic outfits followed, all of which referenced the iconic “codes” of Chanel, like tweed jackets, tailored suits, logo belts, and layered pearl necklaces.

Midway through the show, Viard introduced pops of pink and violet, tie-dye tops, ombre fabric in sunset hues, with Gigi Hadid also modelling a classic suit without a shirt underneath.

Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a white T-shirt, logo print skirt, and black hat, with the ensemble topped off with a necklace featuring a pendant shaped like a tiny bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume. To conclude, the models paraded the runway in a series of chic cocktail dresses and embellished gowns.

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Kim Kardashian sets record straight over ‘return’ of stolen engagement ring

Kim Kardashian has set the record straight after fans noticed she was wearing what appeared to be her original engagement ring in a campaign image.The reality star flaunted an array of stunning jewels in recent snaps promoting her new KKW fragrance, Di…

Kim Kardashian has set the record straight after fans noticed she was wearing what appeared to be her original engagement ring in a campaign image.

The reality star flaunted an array of stunning jewels in recent snaps promoting her new KKW fragrance, Diamonds Collection, with her eagle-eyed followers quick to notice she was wearing both engagement rings in the shoot, including the 20-carat emerald-cut rock she was given by her husband Kanye West in 2016, months before it was stolen when she was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel.

Addressing the sudden return of the jewel, Kim told Entertainment Tonight that jeweller Lorraine Schwartz had made her a replica.

“I borrowed all jewellery from Lorraine Schwartz. It was nice to borrow it all and nice to give it back to her,” she said. “She always knows the cut and everything that I really wanted. So, when I want to wear something, I’ll borrow it from her for the day… There is a replica around. A little fake that I’ll borrow from her sometimes that she made. A really nice one. It looks really nice.”

Kim also took the opportunity during the interview to congratulate her sister Kylie Jenner amid the news that bosses at Coty recently acquired 51 per cent of Kylie’s brands, Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin, for $600 million (£464 million).

Dismissing any speculation of a rivalry between herself and Kylie, the 39-year-old commented: “I’m so proud of her. To think in her early 20s, she built a business off of something that she first was insecure about and finding confidence and, you know, just tapping into that and figuring out how to make an amazing product and just being true to herself and doing what she loves to do, that’s so inspiring and so amazing and I’m so proud of her.”

In addition, Kim revealed that Kylie, 22, had wanted to sell her business “for a long time” and made the decision to sell just over half of it “about a year ago”.

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Victoria Beckham doesn’t know how to travel light

Victoria Beckham drives her husband David Beckham “crazy” because she can’t travel light.The fashion designer is always jetting around the world, and though she would love to fly with just carry-on baggage, she has now insisted that she will never be t…

Victoria Beckham drives her husband David Beckham “crazy” because she can’t travel light.

The fashion designer is always jetting around the world, and though she would love to fly with just carry-on baggage, she has now insisted that she will never be that woman.

“I always like to take a lot of options, so I’m not very good at travelling light,” she confessed during an interview for Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday. “I like… options because you never know what you’re going to want to wear, how you’re going to feel, so I can never travel light.

“I do drive David pretty crazy and I always take up all the closet space (in hotels) as well with all my options. That’s just what we do.”

Victoria’s penchant for travelling with a wardrobe was recently tested when she and David celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a quick trip to Paris, France.

“We went to Paris for the weekend. Just the two of us because, you know what it’s like when you’ve got lots of children, it’s hard to spend time just the two of you.

“We had 24 hours, just the two of us, in Paris – which was so lovely,” the mother-of-four said, adding she doesn’t need to do much when she’s alone with her husband: “He’s David Beckham…I can just stare at him.”

Meanwhile, in a new beauty tutorial filmed for celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel, Victoria shared that she has a very minimal make-up kit and rarely wears cosmetics during the day. Yet, the 45-year-old always grooms her eyebrows before she steps out the door.

“I’m fine to go out without any make-up on, the only thing I will always put on very, very quickly is a bit of a brow. It’s the only thing. It’s my safety blanket,” she smiled.

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Vera Wang: ‘I’m the mother of wearing leggings’

Vera Wang has taken credit for bringing leggings into mainstream fashion. The designer, who is known for her chic red carpet gowns and elegant wedding dresses, is adamant she is behind the comfortable leisurewear becoming a staple part of many women…

Vera Wang has taken credit for bringing leggings into mainstream fashion. 

The designer, who is known for her chic red carpet gowns and elegant wedding dresses, is adamant she is behind the comfortable leisurewear becoming a staple part of many women’s wardrobes, and claimed she used to always mix leggings with couture items from luxury labels.  

“I am the mother of wearing leggings,” she told InStyle.com. “I started that a long time ago, because I was a ballet dancer and figure skater, and anything that stretched, anything that’s very body conscious, is a part of that experience of being a dancer or a skater.  

“So, I really like to say I take credit for leggings. Long before there was athleisure, I was doing it because of how I lived my life… I could mix a couture coat from Paris with leggings. To me, it’s that high-low, and it’s also about fashion and how you put things together.” 

Elsewhere in the interview, the New York native opened up about how she wants men and women to express their individuality through fashion.  

“Now, more than ever, with the Internet, it’s an opportunity and an obligation for people to be honest about who they are and what they want to do with their lives. So, how that affects fashion will be obvious,” the 70-year-old shared.  

And the fashion icon divulged that the idea of being able to express yourself through clothes was one of the reasons she launched her coveted wedding dress collection.  

“Fashion today, for both women and men, is about encouraging people to be who they are, to be an individual, and to express themselves. And if not on your wedding day, then what day would you choose to express yourself? That has been my mantra for 30 years and why I went into weddings,” she insisted.

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Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II wear his shoes

Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II step out in a pair of his shoes one day.The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled stilettos, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, incl…

Christian Louboutin would love to see Queen Elizabeth II step out in a pair of his shoes one day.

The French designer has built his eponymous label around his signature shiny, red-soled stilettos, which are coveted by fashionistas around the globe, including celebrities such as Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Blake Lively.

However, Louboutin has now confessed that the one person he would truly be honoured to see sport his designs is Britain’s monarch.

“I would love to see the Queen of England in my shoes,” he told The Independent, before going on recall one occasion in which he briefly thought the 93-year-old was wearing a pair of Louboutins.

“She was stepping out of a car and you couldn’t see, but there was a red carpet there and because of that, there was a reflection and it looked like the sole of her shoe was red! So many people called me and said, ‘Oh my God, the Queen of England!'”

Louboutin soon realised The Queen was wearing her signature black mid-height heels, though the moment did give him quite the thrill.

Elsewhere in the chat, the Frenchman discussed how he came to create his popular line of ballet flats and high heels which complement a wide range of skin tones, as well as his enduring passion for the colour red.

“Red is fire, blood, love and passion,” the designer smiled. “It carries a symbolism that you don’t get with other shades.”

Among all of his various ventures, Louboutin is currently gearing up to showcase his vast shoe collection in a new exhibition in Paris. After funding a partial restoration of the Palais de la Porte Doree, he will take over more than 14,000 square foot of the Art Deco-inspired location in February 2020.

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Givenchy serves up feathers and dramatic tulle for fall 19 couture line

Givenchy has dished up a dramatic couture line comprised of lots of feathers and tulle for fall/winter 2019.The French luxury fashion house, headed by creative director Clare Waight Keller, unveiled the Noblesse Radicale collection at the Musee des Art…

Givenchy has dished up a dramatic couture line comprised of lots of feathers and tulle for fall/winter 2019.

The French luxury fashion house, headed by creative director Clare Waight Keller, unveiled the Noblesse Radicale collection at the Musee des Arts decoratifs as part of Paris Couture Week late on Tuesday night.

Regarding the range, Waight Keller explained in an interview backstage with Vogue.com that she wanted to evoke a rebellious spirit while still remaining true to the classic elegance championed by brand founder Hubert de Givenchy.

“I wanted to step it up a notch for myself, to push it into something that has a little more theatre,” the designer commented. “It’s the idea of an anarchic woman who comes through the chateau and all of the elements of what you’d find there. I like the idea that the chateau wasn’t perfect. It was part of the way I discovered the spirit and the girl of this show.”

A model opened the presentation in a black and white ensemble with curved shoulders and frayed fabric on the skirt, and a parade of monochromatic numbers followed, including the Jonchet design, a long jacket studded with feathers on the lower half, and striped gown entirely covered in feathers.

Waight Keller introduced colour via the addition of a white and coral pink silk ruched gown with off-the-shoulder neckline, a baby pink silk gown with matching black cape, a lilac coat dress, and a silver a black jacquard ballgown.

Other highlights included the oversized Grand Jardin feather dress modelled by Kaia Gerber, a mint green tiered tulle gown dotted with black feathers, a black tulle dress with floral appliques as well as a silver sequin blazer with structured black skirt.

Paris Couture Week continues on Wednesday with presentations from Maison Margiela, Elie Saab, and Valentino.

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Claudia Cardinale set to auction off iconic couture dresses

Iconic Italian actress Claudia Cardinale is putting her collection of couture dresses up for auction at Sotheby’s Paris.The Leopard actress is gearing up to exhibit over 130 looks on 9 July and is thrilled to have the garments finally showcased. “It’s…

Iconic Italian actress Claudia Cardinale is putting her collection of couture dresses up for auction at Sotheby’s Paris.

The Leopard actress is gearing up to exhibit over 130 looks on 9 July and is thrilled to have the garments finally showcased.

“It’s very moving to see them here,” she told WWD. “They had been stuck in storage in my parents’ home in Rome for years and years. I didn’t remember them being so beautiful.”

The collection spans the first 20 years of the brunette beauty’s screen career, and features pieces from her roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Blake Edwards’s The Pink Panther. Among the pieces is a Nina Ricci printed dress from 1967 with a low-cut back.

“I didn’t like to show my cleavage. I refused all the low-cut dresses,” the 81-year-old shared. “So, this was obviously my way around it.”

Cardinale’s many miniskirts are also among the offerings.

“I was one of the first to wear Mary Quant’s miniskirts,” she said. “I even wore one to meet the Pope in the Sixties.”

While Cardinale’s art historian daughter Claudia Squitieri, who is helping to prepare for the event, commented that items such as miniskirts represent a “form of emancipation”.

“The silhouettes from the ’50s are quite plain, with a lot of girly and demure dresses,” she added. “You can tell they belonged to someone who was still a bit fragile with not a lot of freedom of choice. And then you feel there is a real moment at the end of the ’60s, when my mother became a lot more emancipated and allowed herself to experiment with more colour and styles, such as flared pants. The collection represents a transition from one era to another.”

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Barbara Palvin: ‘Fashion doesn’t excite me’

Barbara Palvin considers fashion her job, not a personal interest.The Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated model was discovered in Budapest at the age of 13, and four years later, she made her Milan Fashion Week debut for Prada.She’s since wa…

Barbara Palvin considers fashion her job, not a personal interest.

The Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated model was discovered in Budapest at the age of 13, and four years later, she made her Milan Fashion Week debut for Prada.

She’s since walked for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, and Chanel, and has landed high-profile campaigns for H&M, Armani Exchange and L’Oreal Paris.

However, the 25-year-old considers fashion her job, not a personal interest, and told Fashionista she would rather wear clothes from the closet of her boyfriend, actor Dylan Sprouse.

“I’ve definitely learned a few things through 13 years of work, but fashion still doesn’t really excite me,” she candidly shared. “Sometimes when Dylan gets some stuff, I take it.”

She also revealed she is bored by shopping, and because she tries on so many clothes during photoshoots, she thinks of buying clothes as a chore.

“When I go shopping, I know what I need and I’ll just go into one or two stores. When I’m shopping, I feel like I’m working. I prefer to not even try things on. I’m just like, ‘that should look good’ and I’ll take it,” Barbara stated.

The Hungarian beauty lives in Brooklyn, New York, with former child star Dylan, and prefers simple styles and comfortable clothing.

“It doesn’t matter the brand. If it feels right on my body, I’ll take it. I usually go for something comfortable, casual but still sexy. The more simple it is, the sexier it looks,” she explained.

Despite walking for high-fashion houses on catwalks around the world, Palvin feels like an “outsider” in upscale luxury stores.

“New York is closer to my style than Paris. Paris can be too chic for me. New York has a little edginess, but still can be classy. I do love Chinatown and Brooklyn, like little stores. I don’t like to go to the rich area. I can’t do that. I feel like an outsider there,” she added.

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Karl Lagerfeld memorial event to be held in Paris

The late Karl Lagerfeld is to be honoured at a memorial event in Paris.Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the German couturier died in February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. Now, …

The late Karl Lagerfeld is to be honoured at a memorial event in Paris.

Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the German couturier died in February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Now, executives at the three brands Lagerfeld helmed – Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake label – have come together to plan a tribute entitled Karl For Ever, which will take place on 20 June at the Grand Palais amidst the Paris Fashion Week: Men’s presentations.

“It will be a very powerful moment, a collective celebration of his persona,” Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of global fashion, told WWD. “The memorial will be about Karl only: who he was, what he loved, what gave him his exceptional energy. I am glad we could join forces with Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld to create together an exceptional event that measures up to him, a tribute that truly celebrates the things he loved and that inspired him.”

The production of the event will be overseen by opera director Robert Carsen. He is currently putting together videos and footage of Lagerfeld, as well as interviews with his friends and fellow fashion designers.

“I wanted something full of life and unexpected. (Lagerfeld) once famously said, ‘A funeral? I’d rather die.’ He would have wanted it to be a joyful moment,” he commented to the fashion publication. “It’s a huge honour, but also quite a challenge: we know of the force behind Chanel, Fendi, the Karl Lagerfeld brand, Chloe and others, but it’s also about the man himself – the artist, even if he didn’t like to be called as such.”

An estimated 2,500 guests are expected to be in attendance. In keeping with Lagerfeld’s wishes, no formal funeral was held when he passed away.

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Jacquemus to celebrate 10th anniversary with show in Provence

Jacquemus is to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a show in Provence, France.Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry, having started his own brand in 2009 when he was only 19. Now, Jacquemus…

Jacquemus is to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a show in Provence, France.

Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry, having started his own brand in 2009 when he was only 19.

Now, Jacquemus will mark a decade of business by returning to his home region for a show on 24 June. An exact location is yet to be announced.

“I couldn’t picture myself in Paris at all – it had to be at home in Provence. It’s going to be epic. It’s a mind-blowing place,” he told WWD, adding that he was at first unsure about how to commemorate the occasion, after some comments from his team members. “But I was sure that we should mark it, because it’s part of the history of the brand and my personal story. I started at 19, I’m 29 now. How do I feel? Pretty good. It’s weird. It’s a lot of things. But I think this is going to be a new start for us, not just because of the anniversary, but because of the move.”

The anniversary event will be Jacquemus’ first co-ed fashion show, as he introduced menswear in June 2018.

While the designer is based in Paris, and has recently extended his office space, he also showed his spring/summer 2019 menswear show in Marseille.

And in spite of his success, Jacquemus is determined to remain an independent company and continue to act as both creative director and chief executive officer of his label.

“I talk to a lot of people, but I have a strong character. Anyway, I’m going to stay independent. I’m never going to work for anyone,” the designer shared. “I love the journey, all these men and women with whom I have built this. Some people joined as interns and now hold important jobs, so that’s something I’m really proud of, because that’s what moves me the most.”

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