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Netflix’s New Documentary Shows The Reality Behind Chanel’s Fashion Runways

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These days, it’s almost impossible to live without a Netflix account. The popular streaming service site keeps getting better and better in terms of content quality and even quantity (hello to the multitude of teenage romantic comedies that came out recently), making it harder for us to forego our monthly subscriptions.

And speaking of new content, there’s a new documentary that premiered this December highlighting a week in the life of various notable people as well as behind-the-scenes of internationally acclaimed events. The documentary aims to give us an inside look into the preparations needed for the most exciting and most awaited events in the world.

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Andrew Rossi, an American filmmaker best known for his work on Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) and The First Monday in May (2016), closely followed six different events for the six-episode series, such as the quickly rising League of Legends Championship, the fun Westminster Dog Show, and even the majestic orbit of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft around Saturn.
7 Days Out premiered with an episode featuring the legendary art director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld himself. The 85-year-old German creative director has been with the House of Chanel for almost four decades, joining the company ten years after Coco Chanel’s death. In 1984, Lagerfeld launched his own name label, to channel “intellectual sexiness”.

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The episode focused on him and his team as they went through the final preparations for the iconic Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture show in Paris, “bringing his dream-like Haute Couture creations to life.”

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It also gave viewers an insider’s perspective on what it takes to successfully pull off one of the most prestigious fashion shows in the entire world. Specific points of interest included the runway scenes, the festive and classy garden party at the Grand Palais, as well as the debut of the 2018 couture bride Adut Akech Bior, also known as the second black bride after Alek Wek. 

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Joe Zee talked about the hard work and effort it took to ease the iconic fashion house into the process of making the documentary. “It is, number one, a huge international conglomerate, and it’s also a company that has been very private, and I understand that,” he shared.


“They’re not just going to open up their ateliers and their employees and allow cameras to come in.”

Don’t forget to watch 7 Days Out on Netflix and peek into the world of Chanel!

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