Back in July, CHANEL Haute Couture Fall 2015 “Le Cercle Privé” collection was presented at the Grand Palais in Paris, and just last week I actually got to take a closer look at the extraordinary creations at the CHANEL showroom in New York. What is this life?!
I arrived at the showroom feeling like a kid on Christmas morning – the excitement officially kicking in. In front of me were rows of stunning couture ready to be explored. First on the agenda – a close look at the infamous CHANEL 3D pieces – jackets that appeared quilted at a glance were actually entirely created using 3D Technology without any stitching whatsoever. Once the jacket’s “cage” was ready, embroidery was artfully applied, including pearls, sequins, beads, braiding, and even paint. One of the jackets had crystals gilding the inside of the “cage”, while another had sequins peeking through the quilting, giving both substantial weight, but making them irresistibly mesmerizing to the eye.
After exploring the futuristic details, we moved on to the frothier looks, practically drooling over the light pink feather gown with bow detailing, obsessing over the delicacy of the gold leather and lace confection, and admiring the intricacy of the sequin beading on several magnificent LBDs. My head was starting to spin from too much excitement. Luckily, one could take a fainting spell break at one of the casino-like tables set up at the showroom. Instead of cards, chips and dice, I found buttons, measuring tape, thread, scissors, and embellishments – tools of the trade used to create the unforgettable glamour of couture.
At the end of the visit, I was asked to choose my favourite piece to take home. I WISH! That didn’t happen, but I was asked which piece was my favourite…and after much hemming and hawing I went with this dress. As impressed as I was with 3D pieces, the black pearl creation was insanely beautiful in person – a dress one could have in their closet for decades and wear for any occasion. If I could only have one, that’s the one I would buy.
So now I’m going to ask you! If I told you that you could have one piece from CHANEL Haute Couture Fall 2015, which piece would you choose and why? There’s no right answer, but I am curious about your answers. Share in the comments.
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