MEMORIES FROM EGYPT AT THE CHANEL METIERS D’ART 2018/19 SHOW
Karl Lagerfeld presented the very much awaited Chanel Métiers d’Art 2019 collection in a grandiose space: The Temple of Dendur in the heart of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Inspired by Egyptian civilization and heritage, Lagerfeld reinterpreted this era of over-the-top embellishments and precious ornaments, bringing it up to date. The incredible craftsmanship and rare techniques of the Chanel Maisons d’Art were placed at the center of the collection whose powerful silhouettes dazzled the audience.
Forms were geometric and refined, very reminiscent of the figure of Nefertari or Nefertiti. Eyes were rimmed with thick geometric lines of khol, another wink to that Antique era. Shoulders were bold and defined as well as the waists which were held by large decorative belts. There was gold everywhere and even on the legs! Incredible golden embroideries and sequins were provided by the Maisons Montex and Lesage. The Maison Lemarié reinterpreted Egyptian paintings with a delicate feather inlay and denim and gold leather flowers appliqués on plastron collars.
Every silhouette is complete with amazing details which combine the historical skills of devoted workers with the ideas and designs of Karl Lagerfeld.
All photos by Frank Perrin.