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December 8, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Runway Video

There are no embedable videos online yet but you can see the show in its entirety on the Chanel website:

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Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection

“After the Grand Palais, I had to do the opposite.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, on the intimate setting for the Pre-Fall 2011 collection presentation, Style.com

If I had to summarize the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection in one word it would be opulence. Hearkening back to the Byzantine Era and Empress Theodora, Karl Lagerfeld resurrected the intricate mosaics and gold filigree of the lost empire.

A somber palette of black, navy, royal plum and gold highlighted the textured knits and intricate tweeds. Mosaic patterns of churches were replicated on dresses and necklines and gold was woven through textiles. The accessories were gorgeous and evoked the lavishness of the Byzantine Empire. Gold coin necklaces, bib necklaces, chunky cuff bracelets and filigree headbands are all fit for an Empress. Over the knee boots and sandals were the footwear of choice and completed the looks.

Though inspired by antiquities, Karl Lagerfeld kept the collection current with hints of mod 1960′s London. Pea coats, straight-leg pants, swing coats and shift dresses gave a modern feel to the otherwise classic sumptuousness of the Byzantine-inspired pieces.

This collection was truly beautiful and I love how Karl can take something so small, like Coco Chanel’s signature Verdura Cuffs (wit Byzantine crosses) and create a whole collection around it.  The Métiers D’Art are always a stand out because, as the name implies, it’s a collection focused around artisan skills and gorgeous craftsmanship.   I can’t wait to see the detail shots of the accessories and the look book which was shot in Ravenna, Italy where Byzantine mosaics still exist. Stay tuned for more info! Until then, please enjoy images from the collection.

Images: WWD

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December 7, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance First Look

French Vogue was snapping pics earlier today at the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Show and they’ve given us the first look at Peter Philip’s interpretation of Byzantine jewels. The eyeshadow quad features cream eyeshadows and is limited to 1500 pieces – I can’t wait to see what the eyeshadow looks like on the models!

French Vogue is also giving us a glimpse of the first seven looks of the Paris-Byzance show as shot by Karl Lagerfeld… I can’t wait to see it all.  It’s very opulent and perfectly embodies what I think of when I conjure up thoughts of the Byzantine Empire.

French Vogue also snapped pics of the runway show and was live tweeting during the show – you can see them all @VogueParisLive.

All info & images: French Vogue

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December 4, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Show Invitation

Ah! It’s time for my favorite Chanel collection of the year – the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall collection.  Each year, Karl Lagerfeld selects a locale to inspire his pre-fall collection and this year he was inspired by Byzantium because of Coco Chanel’s love of Byzantine-style jewelry.  The show is on Tuesday, December 7th.  Stay tuned for more info – I can’t wait to see this show!

Image: Chanel News

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