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Vegas - 2015 - Issue 5 - September - Fall Fashion - Kate King

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FROM LEFT: A look from Métiers d'art; Chanel's embroidered felt 11.12 bag (price on request) and chine felt boot ($1,275); an update of a classic Chanel suit. "LAS VEGAS HAS A VERY FASHION-SAVVY LOCAL CLIENTELE WHO CAN SHOP ANYWHERE—AND DO." —BARBARA CIRKVA But as Lagerfeld charmingly points out, "Nobody can prove if she said this herself, but who cares? There was a connection, and that con- nection doesn't need to be related to the truth to serve as my inspiration." To present the more than 80 looks, models such as Stella Tennant and Kendall Jenner walked through a series of candlelit rooms where guests sat on elegant sofas and nibbled on confections. To close the show, Lagerfeld strolled by with model Cara Delevingne, who held a half- eaten pretzel in her hand. This spring, Lagerfeld restaged the entire Paris- Salzburg show at New York's Park Avenue Armory, for a crowd that included Beyoncé, Vanessa Paradis, and Julianne Moore. "New York is quite far away from Salzburg, and since it was such a success there, I thought it would be nice to show it to our friends in New York," the designer explains. The models, the clothes, the dark romantic music—all of it came to Manhattan. The only thing that Lagerfeld couldn't bring was the 18th-century rococo palace, but that didn't seem to bother him in the least. "For me, it was like seeing another collection in New York," he says. "The simpler set showed the collection better than overly ornate gilded rooms." And the collection was devastatingly beautiful. There was a long, colorful embroidered jacket with fl ared sleeves; a fl oor-length shearling coat; a breathtaking cape made almost entirely of feathers. Many pieces offered fresh takes on Tyrolean styles, like the beaded dirndl- inspired dress with a leather bodice, ruffl ed blouses with high collars and bibs, and knit leggings in Alpine colors of hunter green and dove gray. Even the accessories had a playful, Sound of Music joy to them: headphones with coiled braids that cover the ears, felt bags embroidered with fl owers, feathered hats, and black patent-leather clogs. All this luxury would be unimaginable, however, if not for the company's ateliers. "The commitment Chanel has made to supporting its ateliers is crucial not just for Chanel but for the entire haute couture industry and ready-to-wear business," says Barbara Cirkva, the brand's division president for fashion in the US. "The handcrafted skill that goes into these pieces can never be replicated. And you'd be hard-pressed to fi nd a Chanel runway or Métiers collection that didn't involve the ateliers on some level, whether it's hand-woven braiding on a jacket or an embroidered camellia." Many of these exquisite pieces will fi nd their way into the city's three Chanel boutiques, where the demand for everything from watches to cosmetics to couture eveningwear continues to grow, says Cirkva. "Las Vegas has a very fashion-savvy local clientele who can shop anywhere—and do." Many of the city's international visitors make a beeline to the boutique in Encore, whose simple geometry and gold and beige interior pay homage to Coco Chanel's 31 rue Cambon apartment. As for the Paris-Salzburg collection, it's easy to fall in love with every last ruffl ed blouse, proving that Lagerfeld has done it again and seduced us all, himself included. "It's very diffi cult for me to have favorite pieces," he says. "I love the collection as a whole. If not, I would only show one dress!" Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770- 33532; chanel.com V STYLE Tastemaker 46 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM

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