Wood and veneer gained caché in the fashion world last week, as the Paris show saw veneer chip embroidery in Chanel's lineup for Spring-Summer 2016 fashions in designs by Karl Lagerfeld. 

Lagerfeld, favoring beige and natural fabrics, had his seamstresses hand cut veneer into leaf and petal shapes, then hand paint them and apply Svarkoski crystals. The material was then stitched to garments, and the whole displayed in a three-story wood structure with garage door and double bifold folding woods.

Using fabrics in ecru, ivory, sand, dove, putty, taupe and mocha, Lagerfeld wanted to add elements that would be natural and compatible. He designs for Chanel.

Lagerfeld worked with a variety of wood for the garments, in the form of shavings and fragments, as sequins, and adding crystals and pearls to embellish his Spring‑Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection.

"We had to make everything because those – there are no sequins in wood," Lagerfeld said.  "We had to make everything. Normally, they make the embroidery with existing material. We had to create the material because those things don’t exist."

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