Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009

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Timeless White and a touch of Classic Black are the defining ingredients of Chanel’s

Spring-Summer 2009 Haute Couture collection. Haute Couture shows are grand and the decor often set the stage for the dramatic clothes. Yesterday, columns and round tables were set beneath the Cambon-Capucines pavilions glass roof which were adorned with white paper roses, daisies, petals and leaves like ephemeral sculptures arising from a gigantic pop-up book.  The combination of delicate fabrics and minimalist design give this collection its pure refinement and lightness. The essence of the clothing is Karl Lagerfeld‘s idea of a 2009 allure, which he calls, in his words, “the new modesty.” (at 6 figures a pop)

From the cuts perfected down to the very millimeter, to the selection of unique embroideries, nothing is overlooked. The silhouette is light -both graphic and flexible – and the embroideries and details are suggested rather than exposed. The tweed, taffeta, chiffon, organza and guipure define a new sense of seduction. Flowers and botanical forms are also found delicately incorporated into dresses and into hair pieces.  I know what the SATC girls will be wearing on their heads come summer when they start filming the sequel!

Haute Couture is a world which I am fascinated by. I got a small taste of it last year when I was fitted for Armani Prive and the experience was amazing. I look forward to delving deeper into this world and attending the Haute Couture shows in Paris for the Fall 2009 shows. 

All images courtesy of Chanel

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  1. [vogue]
    January 28, 2009 / 8:11 pm

    The show was absolutely stellar. Incredible. Haute couture has never looked so wearable.

  2. B
    January 28, 2009 / 11:01 pm

    Ahh–Haute Couture shows in Paris, my favorite time of the year!!!

  3. Couture Snob Tina
    January 28, 2009 / 11:31 pm

    I had a few invitations and was so sad not to go. Haute couture is so proper, all the invitations are hand addressed by a calligrapher and the invite itself hand engraved. When I responded to t hem I received more hand written notes (all from Paris!) expressing that I am welcome to visit the showrooms in Paris on my next visit to view the collection.

    Ahhhhhhhhh, the allure of Haute Couture is more than the clothes, it starts at the moment you enter its world… you’re treated like a queen!

  4. B
    January 29, 2009 / 2:58 pm

    Tina!! PLEASE!! next time you get invites from Haute Couture or from anyone in Paris and you cannot attend, Just forward the invites to me, I will be more then thrilled to take them off your hands!!!will send you loads of pix!!! hehe!!


  5. D.A.P.
    January 30, 2009 / 4:37 pm

    Haute Couture is a great experiance, It is more of a pleasure to wear. It has been a very important ritual for me, and worth ever penny. Tina is right, these houses become personal; I had fittings done in NYC, just for one garment.

    I usualy buy from smaller houses, the experiance is still wounderful and just as good as going to a major house.

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