|The atelier on full view at Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2016 via Vogue Runway|
A salute to the true heros of couture.
If the whispers are true that Karl Lagerfeld is on the final stretch of his illustrious tenure as Chanel's creative director, then it would make sense for him to be feeling sentimental. He's always been one to honor the legacy of Chanel while imbuing his own touch to his collections, combining past and present (and sometimes even future!) for a truly remarkable end result. Two months ago it was Cuba's history and exciting future prospects that captured Lagerfeld's imagination; for spring couture it was Japanese gardens. But this season Lagerfeld was looking inward, to the legacy of the house of Chanel itself and the women who make it all possible.
Haute couture is first and foremost a celebration of exquisite craftsmanship. In a world of 3D printing and machinery, couture is more important than ever, reminding us that no matter how much technology advances and ameliorates the production of clothing, it will never be able to compete with the precision and care of the hand. And that was the overarching theme of the Chanel show: les petits mains—literally "the little hands"—aka the seamstresses at the atelier. These are the women who work tirelessly to create the gorgeous couture creations, spending hundreds of hours hand-sewing beads and fabrics for a single garment. Their dedication to detail is remarkable, their talent endless, and yet they rarely get the recognition they deserve. True, Lagerfeld may be the one who thinks up the designs and themes of each collection, but without les petites mains, the couture clothes would never come to be.
|The atelier on display via Vogue Runway|
|Finale looks via Vogue Runway|
|Lagerfeld's ladies via Vogue Runway|
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