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Chanel pays tribute to couturiers at Fall 16 show

Chanel pays tribute to couturiers at Fall 16 show

Chanel has paid homage to the couturiers who work at the fashion house's atelier in its Haute Couture presentation.

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld returned to Paris' Grand Palais on Tuesday (05Jul16) to show the French label's high-end line as part of the city's Couture Week. And like any Chanel affair, the show featured an elaborate set, with Lagerfeld choosing to recreate a classic Parisian atelier, complete with couturiers hand-stitching garments in the middle of the show space, as well as model forms, bolts of fabrics and cutting tables.

Models emerged from "fittings" to walk the runway in their just-completed couture creations, and in a touching moment, Lagerfeld took his bow at the end of the show with two of the "les petite mains" (which literally means small hands), or seamstresses, who work at the house.

As always the show drew in a number of A-list names, with fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain and Chanel ambassador Willow Smith all perched on the front row. The collection spanned suiting, cocktail dresses and fantastic evening wear, with nearly every single look completed with black arm gauntlets and high black boots with a kitten heel. The show opened with a series of black and grey boxy suits, all made from Chanel's signature tweed, which were detailed with oversized pockets or embellished with crystals. More feminine silhouettes were evident in a light pink pea coat with wide collar and a navy blue tweed mini dress with scalloped details on the shoulders.

Lagerfeld also experimented with weaving, with one navy blue A-line dress featuring silver patches woven through the fabric to striking effect. And several looks featured high shearling collars that mimicked the models’ curly updos, as created by Sam McKnight, with some women also wearing black bow headbands. But it was the last look of the show which really turned heads, with Edie Campbell modelling the classic Chanel "bride" look, wearing a pale apricot beaded jacket with an elaborate ostrich feather train.

Shows continue on Tuesday with the likes of J. Mendel, Giorgio Armani Prive and Alexandre Vauthier presenting their latest couture lines.

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