Chanel's Metiers d'Art Collection Transports Us to Egypt

Chanel's Metiers d'Art Collection Transports Us to Egypt

Karl Lagerfeld hosted the elaborate show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur.

Karl Lagerfeld hosted the elaborate show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur.

Text: Brandon Tan

Last night, Chanel showed a collection as extravagant and ornate as its venue—no surprise for its Metiers d’Art show, which is known to tribute its artisanal workshops from which the house sources its finest embroideries and textiles. Seeing its 17th edition of the annual affair, Karl Lagerfeld took to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for a night at the museum.

Chanel hosted 1,000 special guests at the Temple of Dendur, where the visitors ranging celebrities, models, top editors and other industry players were transported to Ancient Egypt. The dramatic set primed an anticipating audience for a dramatic show. With slicked back hair, the models emerged onto the runway as if just from a dip in the Nile River. Sending gilded legs down the catwalk, the inspiration was made as clear as it could be.

Gold was the first note, and was quickly realized to be the focal point. The metallic tone saw life as classic tweed sets, stack-heeled boots, pyramid-clutches and cuffs, while bouclé jackets in shades of sand layered over linen dresses. Having just announced its ceasing in sourcing of exotic skins, the house also presented an array of crocodile embossments on the leather shins of boots and dramatic plastron collars.

The collection flaunted Chanel’s revered extravagance by way of adornment. Accents and accessories made for major statements on the catwalk, with bold calls to its Egyptian inspiration. Graffiti illustrations by the artist Cyril Kongo printed entire looks like Chanel-style hieroglyphics, while mosaic beading decorated dresses.

Aptly displayed in a museum of art, on exhibit was an assemblage of masterpieces. 

Credits: PHOTOS VIA ZOE ELEFTERIN

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