Postcards From Chanel's Venice Fashion Show

MC Fashion Director Nina Garcia opens her scrapbook to give you an inside look at the fashion journey of a lifetime.

September 11, 2009 12:00 AM
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Postcards from Venice

Every piece tells a story. Here are some of the highlights.
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Sneak Peek The day prior to the actual show, I met with Karl during the models' fitting. It was incredible to see him and his team at work. From thousands of beautiful bags, shoes, brooches, and necklaces (some of which I got to try on), Karl zeroed in on the perfect pieces for each ensemble.
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Karl during the model fitting.
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Guests arrive by boat.
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Beach chairs along the boardwalk.
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"A male model, draped in black and wearing a tricornered hat, opens the show. His resemblance to the infamous Italian playboy Giacomo Casanova sets the tone for high drama and romance."
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"Light and airy cruise dresses capture Luchino Visconti's 1971 film adaptation of Death in Venice, Thomas Mann's novella set on the Lido. Model Tatjana Patitz [seen with Lagerfeld] evokes the mother of young Tadzio—the protagonist's object of obsession."
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"Coco Chanel's friendship with Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of Paris' Ballet Russes, began in Venice. Her costumes for the company's stars like Vaslav Nijinsky are revisited in the collection."
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"Winged glasses pay homage to Peggy Guggenheim, the doyenne of one of Italy's most important collections of modern art—housed in the Palazzo where she once lived."
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"Bobbed wigs and ornate jewels mimic the distinctive style of Marchesa Luisa Casati, the incomparable Italian socialite during the first half of the 20th century."
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Gorgeous black and white ensembles.
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The grand finale at sunset.
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"Black-and-white stripes, the signature uniform of Venice's charming gondolieri, get a brand-new bag."
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