Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chanel Brings Byzantine to Paris with Pre-Fall 2011 Collection

It was said that Karl Lagerfeld almost hosted this year’s Paris Byzance-themed Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 fashion show in Istanbul - Instead, King Karl settled for revamping the house’s Rue Cambon couture salons in Paris in order to create a more intimate environment for the presentation. 

Besides, the show, which aims to highlight the abilities of Chanel's couture ateliers (some of the heavily embellished pieces can run $20,000 to $40,000), which will be reprised next Spring in Istanbul, anyway. The theme was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel's Byzantine cross-adorned cuffs and the Byzantine empress Theodora: "Theodora was a circus artist who became empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress.” He continued: “I like the idea of these two strong women,” before adding with a wink: “You know, there’s Chanel everywhere . . . I take a little idea and I make a collection.”

After the show, Lagerfeld and co. were headed to Berlin by private jet, where he was set to photograph a Volkswagen campaign. 

[Source: Fashionology]

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