The words "Haute Couture" never need to be translated. They are part of the fashion mythology and are celebrated by great designers – season after season.– The words originated in 1868 by Englishman Charles Frederick Worth through the "La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisian." And this evocative two words phrase "haute are now a legally protected appellation reserved for very select list of companies who must meet a number of criteria.
Today only 14 fashion brands in the world can claim the right to use these words and Chanel is part of this select group, almost from the start of its existence...
Unlike the “ready-to-wear” collections, which give rise to "Fashion Weeks" around the world, the "Haute Couture" is exclusively Parisian. This term refers to clothing tailored and by hand in workshops where experts as embroiderers, plisseurs and feather - demonstrate their deep "savoir faire" and that are often considered works of art in their own right..
And for the its 2016/17 Couture collection that took place this week in Paris, Chanel paid tribute to their workshops and the famous "little hands", without which Haute Couture cannot exist. It’s a beautiful tribute to these exceptional professionals.
The decoration of the Grand Palais Museum in Paris becomes the ateliers of Rue Cambon – between pins, patterns, fabric rolls and a few photos each dressmaker executes his meticulous work – pulling the “petites mains” out of the shadow for all of us to appreciate and enjoy…
The Chanel silhouette for next winter brings many complementary pieces to face the low seasonal temperatures in great style.
The “stand-out” garment is the 7/8 trousers that are sublimated by pointed and low-heeled boots. Short sleeves, uncover long gloves and tweed reigns for next season with the beautiful embroidery of sequins, feathers or applied jewellery ... all produced by Chanel’s “artisans” with perfect precision, so typical of this great fashion brand.
Designer, visionary, artist, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel reinvented fashion by transcending its conventions, creating an uncomplicated luxury that changed women’s lives forever. She followed no rules, epitomising the very modern values of freedom, passion and feminine elegance.