ECO is Chanel’s Newest Haute Couture Collection

Chanel, one of the world’s most famous luxury brands, has transformed the glass-roofed Grand Palais in Paris into an oasis to present their latest Haute Couture Collection – ECO.

ECO -  Haute Couture CollectionThat included a three-story wooden pavilion, a lush green lawn, trees, and floating lily ponds. A picture of calm, the scene offered the perfect backdrop for the French luxury house’s lineup of ecologically inspired floaty dresses, tweed jackets, embroidered blouses, and pencil skirts.

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The neutral palette (ecru, ivory, sand, and taupe) only heightened the au naturel feel of the collection, which incorporated earthy materials such as wood chips, “wild cotton,” cork, linen, hemp, raffia, and recycled paper straw. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld described the aesthetic as “high-fashion ecology“.

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All the paillettes and beaded embellishments were created in-house. “We had to make everything because there are no sequins in wood.” Lagerfeld said.

Chanel's Newest Haute Couture Collection

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There were other nods to nature, as well. Birds and bees made appearances whether embroidered onto tulle or mounted onto jewelry. Everything was, in Lagerfeld’s words, “very pure, very Zen.”.

ECO -  Haute Couture CollectionWe’re in fashion and at the moment ecology is part of the expression of our time, what fashion is supposed to be,” he added.

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It’s a remarkable turnaround for the German fashion designer, who once mused out loud if global warming was “maybe all nonsense”—after flying in a 265-ton glacier from northern Sweden for a show, that is.

ECO -  Haute Couture CollectionTokenism or not, the collection had people talking, which was precisely the point.

Still, Lagerfeld couldn’t resist at least one dig at the activist crowd. “Sustainable fashion shouldn’t look like some sloppy, demonstration stuff” he quipped.

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