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“Its the collection about down-to-earth women,” this is how Karl Lagerfeld sums up his latest Fall-Winter 2015/16 ready-to-wear collection for Chanel.
| by Ian Kerner | 2015 |

After visiting the garden and the supermarket as well as taking to the streets, Chanel headed to the cafe to showcase its latest prêt-à-porter collection at Grand Palais, Paris.

“It’s the biggest French brasserie ever,” Lagerfeld boasted after the show.

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Paying ode to its founder, Coco Chanel’s, liking for Parisian brasseries, the artistic director of Chanel conceptualized the Brasserie Gabrielle set to present Chanel’s Winter 2015 show. Since Parisian cafés serve as a center of social and culinary life in Paris, the Grand Palais was transformed into a classic Parisian brasserie with red booths and bar stools for the show.
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Just like Paris cafés that crystallize the quintessential Parisian way of sitting undisturbed for a couple of hours, delightfully watching the world go by, the cafe-themed fashion show also featured models taking a seat at a table after each finishing two catwalk turns. Each model was attended by waiters with menus and real food. Brasserie Gabrielle welcomed all the models flaunting the season’s latest apparels, footwear, bags as well as chunky accessories.

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Cara Delevingne who was last seen on the runway with Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel Metiers D’arts show in Salzburg made her appearance at the cafe tpp. The 22-year-old British supermodel walked the catwalk for Chanel accompanied by bestie from the supermodel world, Kendall Jenner.

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Clad in sheer black dresses, the duo were seen sipping drinks at the bar. The handsome Parisian waiters in black waistcoats and white shirts served champagne and coffee at the cafe.

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Apart from the interesting variations of the iconic Chanel jackets, the wearable collection comprised of blazers, shirts, skirts, ruffled collars, sheer dresses, in fine knits, tweed, silk and other fabrics. The low square-heeled shoes, which were high on style, were worn by all the models complementing every creation by the octogenarian designer.

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After the show, Karl Lagerfeld, who has been designing for Chanel since 1983, explained, “This is not café society. It is not ladies who lunch. That is from another era. But it is still a part of French life, real life – to go to the brasserie, to have lunch or dinner. I want to take clothes that people can identify with, the sort of clothes everybody wears, and put them in a different interpretation, a different price point, a different context, so that people see them in a new way.”

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He also added that he gave a new touch to the little black dress with a series of sheer black silk cocktail dresses lined in nude. Sleeveless and feminine, they came with modified Peter Pan collars or bows at the shoulder.

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Watch out for the full film of the Chanel Fall-Winter 2015/16 Ready-to-Wear fashion show here –


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