Off the Runway: Chanel Haute Couture

Karl Lagerfeld’s extravagant and other-worldly backdrops that have become the norm for the Chanel runway were absent from the¬†haute couture AW 16/17 showing. Instead Lagerfeld paid tribute to the Chanel ateliers, recreating the ateliers on the rue Cambon down to the smallest details with tables, sewing machines and mannequins setting the scene.

Sleek silhouettes and geometric shapes dominated the Chanel runway, while¬†autumnal shades ‚ÄĒ browns, maroon and orange ‚ÄĒ complemented a signature Chanel colour palette of black, white and dusky pinks.


Backstage Beauty: Dior Haute Couture AW 16/17

Peter Philips applied the concept of haute couture to the makeup he created for the Dior runway.¬†“I wanted to create, for more than forty¬†looks, a free variation on eyeliner. It was¬†a challenge to customize the look each¬†time in an unusual and audacious way,¬†creating make-up that was made-to-measure, just like Haute Couture is,” Philips says. The creative director of Dior Make-up adapted striking graphic eyeliner to each model’s eye shape. Alongside¬†DiorShow¬†Pro-liner Pro Black and Diorshow¬†Artpen Catwalk Black, Philips used bold gold on a handful of model to punctuate the looks: “using Dior Addict Fluid¬†Shadow Phenix, applied with a brush in broad gold colour-blocking,¬†to obtain a dramatic, gold, textured effect.”


Dior Make-up created and styled by Peter Philips
Photography: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums