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See what went into the making of the Chanel Haute Couture show

And, Karl Lagerfeld talks about high-fashion ecology

By Shantila Lee | Published: 29 Jan 2016

Video: Chanel

Where are the pearls? What of all the beads and chunky bijoux that always embellished the couture? Gone, completely gone, for in Haute Couture, Chanel has gone completely eco.

In perfect harmony with the wood pavilion, grassy turf and water lily ponds on set, fabric was embroidered with wooden shavings, golden honey bees, birds and flowers, beaded with wood chips, furled with recycled paper, bouclé gowns embellished with raffia and straw. Jackets and skirts made completely of geometric flecked gold paillettes sent a haze of sparkle wafting down the runway. All the fabric, that paid homage to the maison's iconic beige hue, was made from wild cotton.

All this handmade weaving and beading took endless hours of work, as demonstrated in the behind-the-scenes video above. Then after all the fittings and adjustments came hair and makeup, where Tom Pecheux flicked a double line of eyeliner in the most artistic way possible on the models' eyes, and Sam McKnight rolled massive croissants.

The effect of seeing all this gliding down the runway, and Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, three besties and siblings who are THE it-models of the moment, carrying off the looks with a supermodel finesse, only compounded the effect. How do they pull it all together? Listen to what Karl Lagerfeld has to say below.

Related: Dior's Haute Couture mirrored set was built in three weeks


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