Written by Fashion Tales

    Presented by the Fashion Creation Studio, the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2024/25 Haute Couture collection pays tribute to the Palais Garnier, in Paris. Playing a key role ever since its creation, in both the history of fashion and the House, this hotspot of performance and elegance, where everything is about glances, gazes and putting oneself on display, is today hosting the CHANEL runway show. Sophisticated, luxurious, theatrical, the collection reveals itself in the outside corridors surrounding the auditorium, transformed for the occasion into red velvet opera boxes. Usual landmarks are modified, perceptions are reversed, the experience of the Palais Garnier is renewed. A set designed by the French director Christophe Honoré.

    Here, the worlds of Haute Couture and opera mingle. Feathers, tassels, cabochons and embroidered flowers, precious braids, lacquered jersey, supple tweeds, silky velvet, illusion tulle, taffeta and duchesse satin: opulent materials that delicately rustle. The volumes are diaphanous, the sleeves puffed, and the flounces pleated. Richly embroidered, the collection imbues the House codes with a romantic twist. A CHANEL suit with box pleats revisited in burgundy tweed trimmed with white satin, a black corduroy tuxedo and a white blouse with an embroidered plastron, a black suit with a long culotte and a short, fitted jacket with shoulders swathed in black feathers, dance among long coats, voluminous capes and evening gowns, evoking a modernised stage tradition and a certain science of pageantry.

    Matte, glossy, lacquered: light reigns supreme. A palette of black, gold, silver, ivory, fuchsia, pale pink, celadon hints at the most splendid of soirees. In this institution, we see, we are seen, we experience emotions. It's also a place for dance. As Major Patron of the Opéra national de Paris since 2023, Patron of the Ballet de l'Opéra since 2021 and Patron of the dance season’s Opening Gala since 2018, CHANEL is deeply involved. Its history, associated with that of the discipline, the avant-garde ballets of yesterday and today, and intimately linked, in its very creation, to that of movement, has attested to this for over a hundred years. With a tutu, Pierrot outfits, nods to the ballets Le Train Bleu (1924) and Apollon Musagète (1928) – for which Gabrielle Chanel created the revolutionary costumes – dresses for divas, princesses and brides, the Fall-Winter 2024/25 Haute Couture collection leads us into a world where clothes dress the space as much as they conquer it.

    Against this vibrant backdrop, the CHANEL Fall-Winter 2024/25 Haute Couture collection showcases the technical expertise, virtuosity and sensitivity of the CHANEL Haute Couture ateliers where some 150 people work in six ateliers at 31, rue Cambon, next to the CHANEL Fashion Creation Studio and close to the Palais Garnier.

    Discover more about the show at www.chanel.com

  • photography Joseph Cultice

    fashion Lauren Lusardi‬

    ‭collar Zana Bayne

    cuff Georgina Jewelry 

    corset 0770 

    Raven Numan: The Alt Pop Enigma with a Dark Aesthetic and a Surprising Pop Influence!

    Written by Josie McNeill by Sandra Myhrberg

    The Instagram of alt pop singer-songwriter Raven Numan is full of red and black aesthetic pics–they would fit perfectly into a Pinterest mood board for cool vampires and modern goths. Raven’s vibe in real life matches the same vision (she has jet black, straight hair), and so does the deeply personal and industrial-inspired pop songs she produces.
    Currently, Raven has three songs released on Spotify–”My Reflection,” “Here For Me,” and “Going Down.” Each track touches on Raven’s personal struggles with mental health and self image–dark themes fitting for the alt style of the Raven Numan we see online and in person.
    So, listeners may be surprised to hear that Raven’s biggest influence in pursuing a career in music was Katy Perry–a bubblegum pop singer known for her whimsical and colorful style.
    Odalisque sat down with Raven to talk about this surprising music influence of hers, the impact of her father Gary Numan (frontman of the band Tubeway Army) on her sound, and the importance of being candid through songwriting.

    Why did you decide to pursue a music career?
    I grew up around it with my dad, I wasn't really interested when I was a kid. I was like “this is boring, blah blah blah”. And then I watched this Katy Perry documentary back in 2013, when I was 9, and I just fell in love with her whole vibe. I loved the arenas and all the huge venues that she was playing in. I just loved the music and I was like “I want to do that”. So I'd say Katy Perry got me into this whole music thing. Surprising but It wasn't my dad, it was Katy.

    I know you just talked about Katy Perry’s influence, but your music combines the new wave sound of your dad, Gary Numan’s, music and modern pop music, so I was wondering how you found a balance between these influences to craft your own sound?
    I grew up around that whole [new wave, industrial genre] so it obviously has a huge influence on me. My parents were always into Nine Inch Nails, and ever since I was little, I really loved them too. They're super dark and industrial, so I’ve just grown up around that type of music. Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Depeche Mode–my dad. So this music was just ingrained into my brain. As I grew older, passed the Katy Perry and Ariana Grande pop phase that I was in for a very long time, I realized that industrial/dark wave music was the type of music that I wanted to write. It captivated me.

    You released your most recent track “Going Down” at the beginning of May. What inspired that track and how did it all come together?
    All of my songs are quite dark because I can only write music when I'm not feeling good or when I'm depressed or when something really upsetting is going on. That’s literally the only time I can write, it's really annoying. I wrote “Going Down” a couple of years ago when I had recently been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I was really, really struggling because nothing made sense to me. I was really depressed. I was really angry. I had these crazy mood swings which ended up hurting a lot of the people around me. I was very suicidal. And I was like, “I can't talk about any of this. I can't talk about my feelings, but I can write them down.” I remember going to my room–it was right after a Billie Eilish concert actually–I just sat down, and I was so angry, I was writing down everything that I wanted and needed to get out of my head. Then I went to my laptop and plugged in my keyboard and just started recording these super eerie, sad and aggressive chords. I started singing everything that I had written down, and it just formed into a song. Basically, Going Down is about my experience trying to cope with the whole borderline [personality disorder] issue so I could show my family and friends how I was feeling.

    You’ve spoken a lot about how you hope, if people do relate to “Going Down”, that it makes them feel less alone. Does music serve this same purpose in your own life?
    Yes. 100,000,000%. Without music. I don't even know man, it’s helped me so much. Within the past five years, the person who has helped me through difficult times the most is Lana Del Rey for sure. When I’m feeling down, there are certain songs I’ll put on that will immediately calm me down. I’m not alone–there's other people out there that can relate to how I'm feeling. So yes, music has helped so much.

    You said you wrote “Going Down” a couple years ago. Are all the songs written from a while back or are they more recent?
    No, actually the first one, “My reflection” was written in early 2021 when I was 17. I wrote “Here For Me” in 2020 kind of at the beginning of COVID when I was 16. And “Going Down” at 18. So 16, 17, 18.

    Why did you decide to release “My Reflection” first out of the three?
    Honestly, we just chose it. There was no big thing behind it. We were just like this one’s cool, let's do this one first.

    What was the experience of releasing music for the first time?
    Terrifying. I was so scared. But it was also really exciting. I think when we released “My Reflection”, because it was the very first one, I was like oh my god this is really scary because it's incredibly vulnerable. And the fact that other people were going to hear what I was going through was really, really intimidating to me. But it's also cool in a way because I know a lot of people can relate to body dysmorphia and feeling unhappy with themselves, so I felt less alone, If that makes sense. I got loads of people telling me that they loved it and that really helped them which was awesome to hear.

    How did it feel to first hear the song played on the radio?
    I cried. I screen recorded it and everything. I was so happy.

    Do you have a favorite memory from the recording process of your first song?
    I'd have to think about it because when we recorded it, it was just me and my producer Ade Fenton. I love him so much. He's amazing. But I don't really know. It was just a really fun experience. He's such a funny and amazing guy. I've known him my whole life. I was so scared of singing in front of people, but he made me feel so comfortable. If I could remember a specific memory, I would tell you, but there was so much going on. We recorded pretty much everything last year in March down in Brighton.

    Do you have any upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
    I can only give you the tiniest amount of information because I'm not sure how much I’m supposed to say, but I'm really excited for the future. Within the next couple of months, I'm flying to the UK for certain reasons, specifically to do with these next projects. I don't know how much of this I’m supposed to say, so I’m gonna keep my mouth shut before I talk too much. But I’m really, really, really excited about everything that’s coming up.

    Is there anything else you’d like to say about upcoming projects or future aspirations?
    I would like to tour eventually. I think that would be super sick. I would love to do that. Recently my label and I were talking about possibly supporting my dad on his UK tour which he just started so it’s too late for that haha. But it's all about trying to disconnect from him and start my own path. I’m only at the beginning.

    ‭collar Zana Bayn

    ‭dress DELOSANTOS

    collar Zana Bayne
    ‭cuff Georgina Jewelry 

    photography ‬Joseph Cultice‬

    fashion ‬Lauren Lusardi‬
    makeup Bex Marie‬

    hair‬ Johnny Stuntz‬

    assistants Keegan Kruse‬ & ‭ Lucian Rodrigue‬


    Written by Jahwanna Berglund

    The history of Chanel and their fragrances dates all the way back to 1921. The first perfume of the house, Chanel N°5, has a renowned history and is beloved among many.

    This year it was time for the old love to get a transformation, not only in the shape of the bottle but with a more vibrant and energetic smell.
    For the first time the house leaves its traditional standing bottles and makes something that feels as good on your skin as in your hand.
    The limited edition DROP N°5 L'EAU evokes a sense of youthful eagerness in a distinct form.

    Imagine a sunny morning in a blooming garden, where the air is crisp and filled with the scent of freshly peeled citrus. The top notes of lemon, tangerine, and orange are like the first rays of sunlight, awakening your senses with their bright and lively aroma. As the day unfolds, the garden comes alive with the fragrance of flowers—roses in full bloom, delicate jasmine wafting through the air, and the exotic hint of ylang-ylang adding an unexpected twist. This floral symphony is modern and lively, capturing the essence of a youthful spirit ready to embrace every day with a joyful sense.

    As the day transitions into a serene afternoon, the base notes of vetiver and cedar wood emerge, grounding the fragrance with their earthy richness. The sweet musk adds a touch of warmth, like the gentle embrace of a loved one. Together, these notes create a sophisticated and lingering scent that stays with you, evoking a sense of confidence and fresh elegance.

    This perfume is a celebration of youth, freshness, and timeless beauty. It's the perfect companion for those who embrace life with a spirited and modern approach, appreciating the classic elegance of N°5 but seeking a contemporary and vibrant twist.

    Embark on this journey and let the unique blend of emotions in DROP N°5 L'EAU transform your perception, offering a fragrant glimpse into a world of self-discovery and anticipation.

    As the house describes it themself, “it's an object to take everywhere and it's a secret that's meant to be shared”.

    Discover this limited edition perfume here