Karl Lagerfeld Picks Chilewich for Chanel Show

Chanel meets Chilewich (Chilewich)

Vinyl fabric manufacturer Chilewich has gone from table runners to the runway. Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for Chanel, chose the company’s stencil-like Cubic lace design for the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week last month. The design, currently part of Chilewich’s tabletop collection, was reproduced into a sheer cocktail dress with feather trim and was one of the last numbers to float down the Chanel runway. (A note on the architecture: The Grand Palais was dramatically transformed into a seemingly post-apocalyptic formal garden with charred black hedges and white gravel.)

The Cubic pattern (Chilewich)

Chilewich is no stranger to fashion—co-founder Sandy Chilewich also helped launch HUE hosiery in the late ’70s, and her current company makes some of the sturdiest tote bags around—so we can only hope that their patterns make their way to some more affordable fashions (or at least a sample sale) sometime soon.

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