February 21, 2019 New York
Chanel: In Memory Of Karl
I couldn’t go this week without writing a tribute post in respect to the passing of Karl Lagerfeld. The man needs no introduction, he is a god in the design world and I feel so privileged to have been able to attend Chanel shows these past few years to witness his work first hand. The morning I found out he had passed, I curled up with coffee on my couch and watched all my videos from the Chanel shows I have attended, tears filled my eyes and I sat in complete awe of his work all over again. This past NYFW, Chanel brought their Haute Couture collection that they had just showed in Paris and I had the chance to look and touch each garment up close, it was another moment with Chanel that will forever live in my memory.
If you happen to not know a lot about Haute Couture, let me give you a quick debrief. Haute Couture is different than ready to wear and it has very specific rules for qualification. The literal translation for couture is dressmaking and haute means high, it's basically the highest form of sewing a garment. Each garment is created and sewn by hand by the atelier houses of Chanel in Paris and some pieces can take up to 1500 hours to make. Every time I see these garments up close, I literally become speechless at their details. The sequins, beading, buttons and pleats of each garment is beyond beautiful and a reminder that these are pieces of art.
If you want to see first hand what really happens while creating the haute couture collection, I highly advise you watch '7 Days Out: Chanel Haute Couture' on Netflix! Even my boyfriend loved it and we have now rewatched it twice. (The second time may have been just for me.)
This short doc shows the passion, craft and detail that Karl has created at Chanel. I love how involved he is with the entire process, he is a true creative genius and completely irreplaceable in this lifetime. I feel grateful to have been able to see his work so closely, lucky enough to wear his designs and I will forever remember his legacy.
Rest in peace Karl, we have lost a great one.