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Veils, Tulle, and Landscapes: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Iris Van Herpen

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On Tuesday, January 23, Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel’s spring/summer 2018 haute couture collection at the Grand Palais in Paris. An elaborate garden became the stage for this collection of feminine expression and elegance. Models were crowned with floral headpieces and appareled with silk tulle, chiffon and organza. Chanel’s iconic tweed suit appears on the runway with welt pockets, which Lagerfeld refers to as “the new attitude.” It brings to the collection finesse through layers of cascading material. Ambassadors of the fashion house, as well as film director Sofia Coppola and the French actresses Isabelle Huppert, Marion Cotillard, and Julia Roy all attended the presentation.

Also this week, Giambattista Valli’s tulle gowns graced the runway at the presentation of their latest spring/summer 2018 couture collection. This presentation featured pops of color against other monochromatic looks, emulating intricacy and refinement. Shown in Paris, the collection featured softer silhouettes flowing elegantly across the runway, whilst their more fitted looks detailed lace cutouts and floral embellishments.

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Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2018.

On Monday, January 22, Iris Van Herpen presented her latest couture collection “Ludi Naturae” at the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie in Paris. This collection examined natural and manmade landscapes, Van Herpen drawing inspiration from “patterns of chaos and order, nature and civilization blending into infinite hybrids.”  In an avant-garde nature, a floating installation blossomed around the models’ as they moved. The garments were constructed in a soft and calm color palette, exploring both the artificial and the organic. The show pushed boundaries both constructively and innovatively, as Van Herpen tried to find “forces behind the forms.”

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