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August 28 2014

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Blasblog From Paris: Chanel Makes Daphne Guinness Want To Be A Bride (Almost)

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The first thing that Colette’s Sarah Lerfel thought when she walked into the all-white, flower-bedecked venue of the Chanel Couture show on Tuesday morning was how such a grand space—a huge stone room with a giant spiral staircase—had been under wraps for so long. (It had been a mortgage bank office before, which makes it ironic that Chanel would be the first company to use it as a fashion show venue in this current economic climate.) Daphne Guinness, on the other hand, was obsessed by the white paper flowers lining the walls, and, when the show started, also adorning the trains of dresses and in the hats. “It was breathtaking. Wonderful,” she gushed afterward, adding that it almost made her want to be a bride again. Almost. Based on paper flowers, it could have been easy to infer that this was a response to a falling economy. Surely paper is cheaper than tulle, no? But the day before the show Karl Lagerfeld explained that materials don’t matter; construction and what you do with them do. Which explains the pure simplicity of this couture collection. “It’s something that doesn’t look expensive, but when you’re up close you can tell it is,” Lagerfeld explained. “Luxury is for the rich, not the nouveau riche.” There you have it.

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  1. Appollonia says:

    I think Mr. Lagerfeld made a huge mistake. And its offensive too. Luxury is accesible for everyone rich, old and nouveau riche. Without the last ones there won’t be any business at all.

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