Karl Lagerfeld puts seamstresses on the runway at Chanel
There are few houses more synonymous with haute couture than Chanel. The French luxury behemoth has its own subsidiary, Paraffection, dedicated to the purchase of various artisanal companies; it puts these acquisitions to good use each season with it spectacular couture shows which are usually made up of over sixty hand-crafted looks.
This season was no exception; guests flocked to the Champs-Elysées this morning to see a show which took place in a recreation of the Chanel ateliers. Petites mains were hard at work on the makeshift runway, adding finishing touches and staging live fittings as guests took their seats. The emphasis today was on technique, construction and the intimate nature of haute couture – as fashion becomes faster than ever, Lagerfeld stressed the ongoing need for couture and its unique labour of love.