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Alexander McQueen Tall Story CHANEL AT THE CHÂTEAU SNEAK ATTACK I n December, Chanel launched its newest Métiers d'Art collection. Begun in 2002, the Métiers collections celebrate the artisanal processes at the heart of high fashion while linking a destination — real or imagined — with the House and its history. This year's Métiers runway show took place at Château de Chenonceau, a famed Renaissance castle in the Loire Valley that was once residence to Catherine de Medici, whose emblem was a monogram of two twisted C's — a fitting place for a Chanel show. Virginie Viard, artistic director of fashion, took inspiration from the historical setting and the castle itself. The runway show took place in the grand gallery, whose black-and-white checkerboard floor served as the inspiration for a number of pieces, such as sequined miniskirts and a black- and-white jacquard sweater. Warm hues f r o m t h e c a s t l e 's tapestries influenced a tweed cape, while flowers from the gardens appear on the lapel of a jacket. Viard sums it up nicely: "I like everything to be mixed up, all the different eras, between the Renaissance and romanticism, between rock and something very girly — it is all very Chanel." NOTES ON FASHION BY STEVEN HEMPEL ROOM TO GROW P ortuguese label ROOM, launched in 2016 by Simone Nunes, was founded on the idea of deconstructing elements from home design and blending them with fashion. Its statement piece is the Pillow Sandal, which perfectly encapsulates the brand's eco-friendly ethos. The fluffy pillow-shaped leather straps evoke modernist furniture, while the design allows the sandal to be made with any type of leather, and replaceable soles mean they last a lifetime. At cultmia. com. Louis Vuitton has launched the Louis Vuitton | (RED) Trainer men's low-top sneaker with an embossed Monogram on white leather with bright red piping. It's an updated take on the original LV Trainer, which launched Spring-Summer 2019 in menswear director Virgil Abloh's inaugural show for the house. This sneaker is notable for its collaboration with (RED), the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to fight AIDS. For each LV Trainer sold, $200 is donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in support of (RED). At the Louis Vuitton boutique, louisvuitton. com. JUERGEN TELLER Chanel Métiers d'Art at Château de Chenonceau Louis Vuitton| (RED) Trainer Chanel Métiers d'Art ROOM Pillow Sandal

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