News
L’Œuvre de Karl, un hommage

Karl Lagerfeld au défilé Prêt-à-Porter automne-hiver 2011

Le monde de la mode est en deuil suite à la perte de Karl Lagerfeld. Célèbre à l’international pour incarner l’emblématique directeur artistique de Chanel, où il commença en 1983. Une année après le lancement de sa marque éponyme, Karl Lagerfeld, et bien qu’il ait déjà eu une formidable carrière chez Fendi et Chloé depuis les années 60. En parallèle de Chanel, il était également le directeur créatif de la maison Fendi jusqu’à son décès.

 

Après des décennies de travail, il peut être considéré comme l’un des grands couturiers, ayant influencé l’industrie de la mode comme nous la connaissons aujourd’hui.

 

Lagerfeld ne créait pas seulement les collections, il imaginait aussi des scénographies uniques qui rendaient les défilés si magiques. Pour lui rendre hommage et commémorer son héritage, nous avons fait une sélection de nos décors préférés.

Haute Couture 2006 Printemps

Un imposant escalier en colimaçon qui guide les mannequins jusqu’au podium.

Printemps/Été 2012 Prêt-à-porter

Sébastien du film Disney La petite sirène chantait “La vie sous la mer est meilleure que tout ce qu’ils ont là-haut”. Lagerfeld, s’identifiant au petit crabe, créa un paradis blanc sous-marin où Florence Welch, du groupe Florence and the Machine, apparaît telle la Vénus de Botticelli.

Automne/Hiver 2012-2013 Prêt-à-Porter

Comme la forteresse de solitude de Superman, le décor est empli de gigantesques cristaux sombres comme créés par la nature.

Automne/Hiver 2014-2015 Prét-à-Porter

L’un des défilés les plus Instagrammés de tous les temps a été un grand supermarché Chanel. A la fin du défilé, les invités se ruèrent sur les produits alimentaires de la marque Chanel présents dans les rayons de ce supermarché fictif.

Printemps/Été 2015 Prêt-à-Porter

Sur un boulevard parisien, les mannequins défilent dans le prétexte d’une fausse manifestation aux côtés de Lagerfeld pour défendre les droits de la femme et du féminisme.

Automne/Hiver 2015 Prêt-à-Porter

La Brasserie Gabrielle était un hommage à la culture des cafés parisiens, les mannequins prennent place à table, à boire un café dans des tasses Chanel durant le défilé.

Haute Couture Automne 2015

Les célébrités Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, et Lara Stone sont mises en scène au milieu du défilé dans un décor de casino, habillées de tenues exceptionnellement dessinées par Karl, pour chacune d’entre-elle.

Haute Couture Printemps 2016

Inspiré des jardins zen, la scénographie se concentre sur les matériaux naturels, avec une approche écologique.

Printemps/Été 2016 Prêt-à-Porter

Air Chanel! Il y a ceux qui voyagent en première classe et ceux qui voyagent en classe Chanel. Le luxe dépasse les frontières!

Printemps/Été 2017 Prêt-à-Porter

«  The Chanel Data Center », avec ses fils de couleur, ses piles de serveurs et ses robots en tweed – les classiques Chanel traversent les époques et deviennent futuristes.

Haute Couture Automne 2017

L’icône de Paris, la Tour Eiffel, surplombe le défilé, domine le public et disparaît dans les nuages artificiels.

Automne/Hiver 2017-2018 Prêt-à-Porter

Lagerfeld alias le Rocketman de la mode grâce à sa fusée Chanel grandeur nature. Le final assurait un spectacle incroyable, un faux décollage imminent – la fusée était prête à percer l’impressionnante verrière du Grand Palais!

Printemps/Été 2018 Prêt-à-Porter

Une réplique des Gorges du Verdon situées dans le Sud de la France, avec ses chutes d’eaux, sa légère brise et un arc-en-ciel créé naturellement par le Grand Palais lui-même.

Croisière 2019

Le concept de “croisière” a été complètement redéfini par Lagerfeld en amenant un bateau de croisière nommée La Pausa au sein du Grand Palais. A la fin du défilé, Lagerfeld a invité tout le monde à monter à bord, afin d’y manger des huîtres dans une salle de bal Chanel.

Printemps/Été 2019 Prêt-à-Porter

Au bord de la plage privée de Chanel, les vagues frôlent les mannequins pieds nus. Lagerfeld a pris sa sortie sur la jetée avec la nouvelle directrice de la création, Virginie Viard, jusque là directeur du studio de création de mode de Chanel.

MATERIAL
Bend Me, Shape Me, Any Way You Want Me

The Luminiums are a range of our materials on lightweight aluminium support that we have developed. This opens up the different materials to a new world of sculptural possibilities, as the aluminium holds its shape, yet is soft and light enough to be manipulated by hand. You can easily imagine mountain ranges, ski slopes, icebergs, extraterrestrial planetary surfaces, or the wonderlands of your wildest imagination come to life!

To illustrate their individual quirks and character traits, we have made a small video for each variation being manipulated.

Here we list their individual traits:

SKI-LUMINIUM

Our Glitter Hexa Ski on aluminum, a timeless classic and the first in the aluminum family, perfect for recreating snow-capped mountains and festive scenes.

MOON-LUMINIUM

Our Microbilles Reflective on aluminum, a space-age reflective material that turns a dazzling white when activated with a camera flash.

FLASH-LUMINIUM

Our Rainbow Flash on aluminium, a dark counterpart to our Moon-Luminium that becomes rainbow coloured when activated with a camera flash.

MAGIC-LUMINIUM

Our iconic Magic Mirror adhesive on aluminium, a spectacular reflective dichroic surface available in blue or pink.

BRAISE-LUMINIUM

A glitter paper on aluminium, perfect for a touch of luxury or to mimic a hearth of smouldering embers.

MOUSSE-LUMINIUM

Our felted polyester Mousse on aluminium, soft to the touch and perfect for imagining mountain ranges and rolling fields.

FASHION
Textile Twists & Turns
F/W 19

As the fashion week train arrives in our hometown Paris, we take a material journey through the last month of fashion shows in New York, London and Milan. With countless unexpected applications, and fabric innovations, the designers showed little restraint when it came to materials, and we’re sure they won’t hold back in Paris! Enjoy the slideshow above and discover some of our favorites.

News
The theater of Karl, an homage

The recent passing of Karl Lagerfeld has left us with a gaping hole in the fashion landscape. Lagerfeld was internationally known as the Creative Director for Chanel – he took the reigns in 1983, the year after starting his own name brand, Karl Lagerfeld, although he had already had a formidable career with his work for Fendi and Chloé, since the 60s. Alongside Chanel, he was the creative director for Fendi until his passing.

 

With decades and decades of work behind him, it is clear that he helped to shape and mold the fashion industry into what we know today.

 

One of the things that made the Chanel shows so magical, was the other-worldly set design conceived by Lagerfeld. Below, we have put together a selection of some of our favorites, to commemorate his inimitable legacy.

Haute Couture 2006 Spring

A towering spiral staircase that led to the models from nowhere to the runway.

Spring/Summer 2012 Ready to Wear

Like Sebastian in Disney’s Little Mermaid, Lagerfeld too seemed to muse –  ‘Life under the sea is better than anything they’ve got up there’ – in an underwater paradise, featuring Florence Welch, from Florence and the Machine, as Botticelli’s Venus.

Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Ready to Wear

Chanel’s crystalline wonderland, like Superman’s Fortress Of Solitude, provided the perfect backdrop, shaped by nature herself.

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Ready to Wear

One of the most Instagrammed shows of all time – the infamous Chanel supermarché. It ended with a supermarket sweep as editors tried to take the Chanel branded products from the shelves.

Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear

A Parisian boulevard, with a controversial finalé which saw the models state a faux-protest alongside Lagerfeld in support of women’s rights and feminism.

Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Ready to Wear

The Brasserie Gabrielle, an homage to Parisian café culture, had the models taking their seats and drinking coffee from Chanel cups during the show.

Haute Couture 2015 Fall

The casino set the scene, with celebrities including Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Lily-Rose Depp, and Lara Stone wearing one-off Chanel outfits designed by Karl exclusively for them.

Haute Couture 2016 Spring

An ecological approach, with a focus on natural materials, for this peaceful Zen garden setting.

Spring/Summer 2016 Ready to Wear

Chanel Airlines! Some people fly first class, and some people fly Chanel. Luxury reached new heights!

Spring/Summer 2017 Ready to Wear

The Chanel Data Centre, with color-coded wires, server stacks, and robots in tweed – we saw the timeless classics transcend into the future.

Haute Couture Fall 2017

The icon of Paris herself, the Eiffel Tower, watched over the show, towering over the audience, and disappearing into man-made clouds.

Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Ready to Wear

Lagerfeld became fashion’s ultimate Rocketman, with his life-size Chanel rocket ship. For the finalé, the rocket appeared to actually take off – threatening to burst through the Grand Palais’ glass ceiling!

Spring/Summer 2018 Ready to Wear

A replica of Les Gorges du Verdon river canyon from the south of France, replete with waterfall, a light breeze and a rainbow provided by the Grand Palais itself: stunning.

Cruise 2019

The concept of the ‘cruise’ collection was completely redefined, by an actual cruise boat. At the end of the show, Lagerfeld beckoned everyone on board and shared oysters with them in a Chanel branded ballroom.

Spring/Summer 2019 Ready to Wear

Lagerfeld took us to the shore of Chanel’s very own private beach, with actual waves lapping the models’ bare feet. He took his exit on the jetty with the new creative director, Virginie Viard, his then director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio.

Technology
Experiments on 3D-surface

This month we experiment with a new 3D support in our material library – Bamboo Pulp. The base support is created using bamboo fibers, that are pressed between two molded metal forms, in an iron. The result is a lightweight and easily reproduced 3D panel, which comes in many different declinations. We experimented with digital printing, glitter projection, flocking, and hand-painting & stripping wrapped around in a bondage fashion. The results were startling, as the panel’s original forms changed with each application… The science of experimentation is truly magical!

STORY OF THE MONTH
Home is Where the Art is!

Maison & Objet, the self-confessed international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture, and lifestyle culture and trends breezed through Paris again for it’s January edition. With over 3000 exhibitors, it was a fascinating whirlwind of creativity and inspiration!

We focus above on three main trends that struck us in the salon, Recycling, Cardboard & Paper, and Textured Walls, and highlight below some technological developments that caught our eye.

In the Recycling field, LLOT LLOV from Germany created a material they called Glacier, in collaboration with cosmetics group Cosnova – a Nail Polish Terrazzo made from discarded nail polish bottles in concrete support. ecoBIRDY, based in Antwerp, collected old children’s toys and recycled them into new design furniture, in an innovative material they call ecothylene® which they have managed to develop to the high safety standards for children – making it both eco-friendly and child-friendly!

In the Cardboard & Paper trend, the work of French artist Marie-Anne Thieffry was an astonishing use of layered cardboard, carved into beautiful spherical lights and figurative busts. Molo Designs from Canada showcased their unique structures in folded paper and cardboard, flexible wall partitions, seating and lights that can be adapted to any space, and reconfigured with ease. A perfect product for the modern city apartment.

Textured Walls were everywhere, giving a new dimension to any interior: we particularly liked Portugal’s Burel Factory, a historical wool manufacturer, who create intricate hand finished wall coverings in finest wool. They are used in hospitality for their acoustic and thermal properties, and they add a touch of luxury to the space. Who could resist couture walls?

We can’t wait for the September edition of Maison et Objet, it is sure to continue to inspire us in ways we can’t even imagine.


Tsunoda Seibee Shoten from Japan creates Bento boxes carved from single blocks of Japanese Cypress wood, that are completely joint free, highlighting the wood’s natural grain. They are unique in their use of glass Nano-Coating which provides stain resistance and durability, whilst meeting the exacting standards of health and safety food regulations, and maintaining the natural beauty of the wood grain.
LPJ Studios from Germany work with the leftover yarns and garments from prestigious fashion companies to develop new products. The LPJ Studios Punch Rug caught our eye, using a needle-punch felting technique they take wool based garments and integrate them seamlessly into rug forms that can be wall or flor based. A unique solution for your favorite old sweater!

Fashion
Couture Highlights

The Spring 2019 couture collections hit Paris this month, just after the Menswear’s winter 2019 ready-to-wear presentations. Throughout the menswear presentations, gender fluidity continued to be explored, with many brands merging their men’s and women’s collections, and further acceptance of the flipping of sartorial codes. This has also been filtering into the couture collections, that are traditionally more feminine, with brands like Givenchy and Margiela showing men’s couture on the runway.

Always urgent, as they are shown on-season, the Summer 2019 couture collections provide an overview of the materials that are in the forefront of the designer’s minds right now. With an exceptional eye for detail and a focus on the finest of techniques, they were, as always, breathtaking and inspirational: artistry in it’s purest form.

MATERIALS
Mystique
& Lumineux

Le phénomène naturel des aurores boréales des côtes norvégiennes est encré dans une mysticité certaine et une poésie supernaturelle, sensiblement compréhensible si l’on a jour rêvé d’observer cette vague colorée flottante dans la noirceur crépusculaire. C’est précisément à cette jonction que se passe la rencontre de la magie et des fleurs, des contes de fées et du réel, ainsi que l’exaltation déroutante de la contemplation de la brume écossaise, ce qui a inspiré nos recherches primaires pour la nouvelle saison 2019.

Si vous êtes intéressés par des échantillons de matières ou être tenu informé des nouveaux développements pour l’année 2019, contactez-nous ICI.