How can a building influence the design and aesthetic value of a fashion collection? How can architecture overcome its solid factuality and transmute into a creative force able to penetrate wearable style and inform high-end seaming techniques? CHANEL’s latest Métiers d’Art collection honors these questions with a clear answer. Presented at the Le19M, the newly opened building devoted to the artisans of the House, this collection elevates urban style to an exquisite metropolitan height of fashion superiority.
Just like the building’s façade, the clothes indulge in a “dialogue” with linear structures and intricate, web-like forms. A column coat with the tweed pockets, heavy and colorful knits, tweed jackets in different lengths, double-C cardigans and pleated mini skirts (an elaborate work by Maison Lognon), flared jeans and joggers induct us into a world where ease and casualness unite with upscale sophistication and one-of-a-kind luxury. Graffiti style embroidery, sequins and a sprinkle of “logomania” render the collection a bit more instagrammable than usual, showing everyone the brand’s resonance, as well as Virginie Viard’s ability to fathom the needs of every demographic and deliver stylishness in every possible form. Sparkly embellishments on bags and dresses, needlework patterns and lavish jewels capture the eye and mesmerize the senses.
Expertise is what distinguishes high fashion from high street fashion. CHANEL’s need to honor those select few who give fashion its artistic dimension through their talent and hard work is a commitment towards the very spirit of creation. It’s thanks to Lesage, Montex, Lemarié, Lognon, Goosens, Maison Michel, and Massaro, under CHANEL’s auspices, that fashion keeps giving us reasons to dream.
Tom Ford needs no introduction. A pioneer, a free spirit, a massively talented individual who managed to revive and bring into prominence some of the world’s biggest high-fashion brands, and then created his very own TOM FORD brand – now widely acclaimed as the epitome of racy elegance. In his new book, Tom Ford explores his glorious past and reminisces of his fashion legacy with the wisdom and allure his experience and natural cool have given him.
Adored by the fashion crowd and the globe’s top celebrities (Jay Z once named a song after him, while Rihanna and Julianne Moore never miss his shows), Tom Ford is all about hard work that pays off. As a matter of fact, his zeal and unlimited passion for creativity led to burnout some years back: “I remember having dinner with Karl Lagerfeld and him telling me that I’d only understand how well things were going in the future once I had the chance to go back.” And the future proved him right. Iconic designs, impeccable campaigns, a new career as a film director and a sui generis outlook on life rendered Tom Ford as emblematic as only very few people can even dare imagine to be.
Today, more fashion and socially conscious than ever (recently he acquired an old dress of his own making for 90.000 dollars) Tom firmly believes in sustainability and dreams of a vegan-oriented fashion future that retains its edge and sexiness. After all, everything is a matter of perception and Tom Ford knows how to reinvent reality better than anyone.