Inside the Chanel Workshop at Paris Couture Fall 2016
No stranger to transplanting his collections, Karl Lagerfeld brought the atelier to the people for his Fall 2016 couture presentation. Guests like Jessica Chastain pored over the works-in-progress of the couturiers, who had also been relocated across Paris for the occasion, while models wearing completed designs filed through the workshop. Though the Chanel and Fendi designer's shows often land in far-flung destinations — Havana, Cuba, for Resort 2017, or a Chanel airport installed in the Grand Palais, for Spring 2016 — for this couture collection, he turned inward, instead of outward. It reinforced the distinction between ready-to-wear and couture, showing off the sheer detail, human engagement, and craftsmanship that makes a couture collection. Photographer Isabel Martinez went inside the show to capture the Fall 2016 designs against a backdrop of sewing machines, dress forms, and rolls of fabric; see the collection, here.