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July 08, 2016

Chanel Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2016-17 Collection Decoded

Text by Tanisha Choudhury

Lagerfeld paid tribute to the house’s legacy by dedicating the collection to its ateliers and seamstresses

For the Chanel Couture Autumn Winter 2016-17 show, Karl Lagerfeld made behind-the-scenes, quite literally, the location of the show. In a clever move, he transported the entire staff of the ateliers, all the 120 or so of them, along with their sewing machines, cutting tables, sketches, fabrics, mannequins and all other tools of the trade to the Grand Palais. The Chanel ateliers on Rue Cambon were recreated down to the last detail, including the current collection being created — at different stages of progress. What better way to pay tribute to the legacy of this house than to dedicate a collection to the house’ petite mains, the seamstresses and craftspeople who make it what it is? What better way to communicate the true grandeur and bespoke nature of haute couture than to allow people to see the process of its creation?

  • Chanel Couture 2016-17 1
  • Chanel Couture 2016-17 2
  • Chanel Couture 2016-17 3
  • Chanel Couture 2016-17 4

The tweed suits and coat dresses this season had angular or bevelled shoulders. The suits featured cropped, wide-leg trousers worn with kitten-heel boots. The evening looks, decorated with 3D embroidery, embellishments, and more details than can be imagined, were all about the structure. Low swooping, 3D bell shapes over skirts and dresses were shown alongside feathered shoulders and hemlines. The collection, while being structured and graphic, had the common thread of smooth lines and silhouettes with movement. Autumnal shades of maroon, brown, beige and grey were complemented by Chanel favourites — pink, white and black.

Take a closer look at the details of the collection:

Front row:

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