Watch “Making-of the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection”

A look from Chanel's Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection.
A look from Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection.

 

I’m a dedicated Project Runway fan and thanks to that show, I have become even more intrigued with the fashion world. It’s fascinating to witness the creative process of true artists and this video of Chanel seamstresses working on dresses from the Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture show, shows us a fraction of the 200-hours it takes to make just one of these masterpieces. It is an intimate, behind the scene peep at the people who make Karl Lagerfeld’s vision come alive, and you get a real sense of the environment, the mood, the craftsmanship, and the dedication involved. If you ever wondered why high-end fashion costs so much, watch the “Making-of the Chanel  Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection”:

 

CHANEL Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection:

News From The Beautiverse – Pre-Fall and Couture Edition

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Gucci Pre-Fall 2015.

 

What Exactly Does Pre-Fall Mean?

The pre-fall shows have just ended and the haute couture shows are winding down. They are the appetizers before we sit down for fashion week. I don’t know why they call it fashion week when globally, it lasts for two and a half months. While I’m owning my confusion, when did pre-fall become so popular? I remember when there was no pre-fall which wasn’t that long ago. It seems that the frequency of pre-fall collections has increased dramatically in the last few years, a new reality brought on by the necessities of many entities. Pre-Fall collections are the most wearable of the runway shows and, therefore, earn the most money. Also, If you noticed, many of the fashions worn at recent award shows were pre-fall fresh off the runway. If the term “pre-fall” sneaked up on you like it did me, perhaps this article can clear things up.

 

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JPG opening look for his wedding themed Couture 2015 show

 Gaultier’s Couture Was Bridezilla Heavy And Full Of Surprises

John Paul Gaultier never ceases to amaze me. His wedding themed Haute Couture show was titled, “61 Façons de Se Dire Oui, or 61 Ways to Say Yes.” His runway show opened with a model stomping the runway with the ‘leaning tower of curlers’on her head as if she wasn’t quite ready for the show. Upon further inspection, she might be the wedding cake because she had a cake topper on top of the curlers. Many of his looks had split personalities and he highlighted several of his all time favorite models mid through. The show closed with supermodel Naomi Campbell looking toned and crafty as the bridal bouquet. Last year he closed the show with burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, who was a lovely butterfly.

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Naomi Campbell closing the JPG Haute Couture show as a wedding bouquet.

 

Be Careful Not To Spill

Yet another French designer with a marvelous imagination. The encrusted masks worn at the On Aura Tout Vu show needs no explanation because seeing is believing. I just keep thinking that it would be a great accessory on those days that you just don’t want to shave your face.

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Bedazzled mask on model walking the On Aura Tout Vu show during Paris Haute Couture 2015.

 

Pleats and Thank You

Out of all the collections shown at Haute Couture Spring, I was most impressed Christian Dior, perhaps it’s because of the sleek hardware knotted hair:

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Now, that’s a ponytail.

 

Maybe it was the endless amount of pleats:

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Runway look from the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015 show.

Or maybe it was this video that documents the 200-hour process it took to make the dress above:

 

What was your favorite moment from the Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015 shows?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue: Carey Mulligan – Great Expectations

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Oscar de la Renta Dress. Jewels by Tiffany & Co.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Dior Haute Couture top, sautoir from Stephen Russell, and bracelets from Gray & Davis, Ltf. Headpiece created by Julien d’Ys.
Photo Credit: Mario Testino – RARE BLOOM -Chanel Haute Couture sequined dress. Necklace from the Three Graces with enamel portraits (worn as headband). Lorraine Schwartz earrings. Diamond ring from De Vera.

It’s like she’s living in a movie of her own life,” says Mulligan of Daisy. “She’s constantly on show.”

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Alexander McQueen ostrich feather dress with chiffon-covered pearls. Tiffany & Co. earrings. Miu Miu jeweled heels. Fred Leighton bag.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Nina Ricci silk-satin dress with flower appliqués. Chanel Fine Jewelry diamond-and-onyx earrings. Bracelet from Gray & Davis, Ltd.

See the behind the scene video of the Great Expectations Cover Shoot

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Oscar de la Renta beaded silk organza top and matching skirt.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino -Chanel Haute Couture chiffon, feather, and tulle dress with flouncing open shoulders. Twenties headband from New York Vintage.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Miu Miu dress, embroidered with Swarovski Elements, and heels.

Great Expectations: The Inimitable Carey Mulligan | Vogue.com

Set design: Mary Howard.

Produced by: GE Projects.

Costume Designer: Catherine Martin

Makeup: Mark Carrasquillo.

Hair and Headpieces: Julien d’Ys.

Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington

Photographed by Mario Testino