German designer Karl Lagerfeld drew inspiration from '60s icon Edie Sedgwick for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2007 Haute Couture Collection in Paris on Tuesday.
As houses that produce haute couture continue to dwindle, Chanel is proving its commitment to preserving Haute Couture by buying up the embroiderers, featherers and shoemakers reports Reuters.
Among the featured artisans was Raymonde Pouzieux, who makes braids for Chanel's tweed suits on an ancient loom on her farm..
"My future is Chanel, the future of the other couture houses I don't really know," the German designer said after the show. "I only care what I'm doing. I'm not there to save the corporations. It's up to them to make an effort to save it
Glamorous, slim sequined gowns in metallic pink, burnished gold and gray , cloudlike skirts of see-through tulle , slim bodices made from tubes of organza that sprouted ostrich feathers at the sleeves and hem. Accessories included fingerless feather gloves and multiple rows of hoop earrings.
"This collection was ageless," said U.S. Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. "It's for the 16-year-old girl, the woman who has a daughter who needs her first Chanel couture, and it's for the 60-year-old woman who is an executive who needs a beautiful tweed suit."
It will be interesting to see how Karl Lagerfeld's fascination with short , which serves girls like Sienna Miller & Lindsay Lohan , translate off the runway. An observation I have made with Chanel's Spring-Summer Pret-a-porter collection is that off the runway, even the it girls are wearing modified versions- where the major change is dress length.
At the end, a curtain drew back to reveal the massed Chanel workers: models, atelier staff, studio designers, and house ambassador Amanda Harlech, who all followed Lagerfeld out to share the applause reports Style.com.