Behind the scenes: Chanel Haute Couture SS18

Discover the making-of the Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture by Chanel with this closer look at the 31, rue Cambon ateliers handcrafting the collection.

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For those that question the extreme price of Parisian couture, one only has to sneak a peek of the thousands of extremely skilled 'petit mains' working day and night to our their blood, sweat and tears into arguably the world's most esquisite wearable art, to understand why haute couture istruly the highest form of luxury.

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Shown within an intimate walled garden, this optimistic and elegant new collection expressed the new 'pretty', a delicate femininity not unlike a dreamy fairytale, previously absent from more edgy or modern Chanel shows; Karl Lagerfeld was clearly going back to the house's classic roots. Garments featured floral hues that oscillate between pastel tones and hints of saturated pink ornate brocades of feathers, laces and flashes of tulle. A feast for the senses.

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Watch this short video to see how Lagerfeld's team of artisans hand craft each piece- including a dress embellished with over 120,000 precious beads and sequins, in the much celebrated Chanel SS18 collection shown last month in Paris:

Header photo by AP via Evening Standard

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based blogger, and an activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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