French Fashion: Seraphine Founder Attends Chanel Haute Couture Preview

Last week, I was thrilled to be among the first in London to get up close and personal with Chanel’s SS16 haute couture collection – hot off the Paris catwalks! I was delighted to be among the lucky few invited by eponymous website Culture Whisper to attend the exclusive private viewing at Chanel’s stunning Bond Street store, and couldn’t wait to get a closer look at the divine new French fashion collection.



As a Paris native and a lifelong Chanel fan, I was pleased to see Chanel’s classic Parisian chic design heritage looking elegant as ever, and loved the trendy Scandinavian inspired twist that Karl Lagerfeld brought to this latest season’s offerings.



I fell in love with the haute couture evening dresses on show. One in particular really caught my eye; I discovered my dream red carpet dress – a stunning full length black lace number with a plunging neckline, embellished in glittering silver metallics. All I need now is a handsome Prince to sweep me off my feet and take me to the ball!


Like we do at Seraphine, Chanel names each of their styles after a person and I was delighted to find the “Cecile” bolero, a little gem of haute couture with my name – that made my day!



The heart and soul of the collection revolves around the classic Chanel suit – a true French fashion design icon – which was presented in an array of soft muted tones like sand, taupe and cream with plenty of texture in summer knits and signature natty tweeds, and finished with beautiful beading and fringing.


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Overall the exclusive fashion show provided plenty of food for thought – the collection was timeless and beautiful. Just what you’d expect from Chanel!


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Pregnancy goes Couture: Power to the Pregnant Lady

Wow! Did you see Karl Lagerfeld’s beautiful pregnant bride close the Chanel Couture show this week? The German designer wowed the crowds by sending 7 months pregnant model Ashleigh Good down the catwalk in a stunning couture bridal gown!

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The dazzling white design was stylishly structured in silk crepe de chine with glamorous gold detailing at the front, and came complete with a Pre-Raphaelite inspired gold brocade cap and cape. It was a sensational finale to a fantastic fashion show.


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And this certainly isn’t the first time that a mum-to-be model has stolen the show….

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In fact we think we spot a trend here – it seems to be that whenever a blossoming expectant mother graces the catwalk, the crowds and critics alike go wild! We think this is no coincidence – the fashion industry are finally beginning to cotton on to what we’ve been saying for years – the pregnant body is beautiful!

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And the revolution is not just confined to the catwalks… Since a very pregnant Demi Moore bared her bump on the cover of Vanity Fair back in the early 90’s, some of the biggest and best Fashion magazines around have featured expectant women in full bloom on their coveted covers.

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Gorgeous celebrity mums-to-be have led the way, embracing their curves and flaunting their blossoming figures from international super models to A-lister actresses and chart topping stars!

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As women, we are now more empowered than ever to celebrate our changing bodies, so enjoy this time! We’re not saying that you have to strip off for a nude photo shoot, but we are saying that you could do if you wanted to! As a less extreme empowering option, why not try a sexy bodycon style maternity dress for your next big event – you can flaunt your new figure and feel fantastic doing it! Or if you’re hitting the beach this summer, be brave and choose a gorgeous maternity bikini! Remember, your body is beautiful – so stand tall and celebrate your curves!



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