Chanel mines ancient history for its latest collection.
Celebrating craftsmanship at Chanel’s glam Métiers d’Art show.
THE SPECTACLE OF a Chanel show is unlike any other—this is a house that once built an airport terminal in the Grand Palais, after all. For its celebstudded 2018/19 Métiers d’Art show, creative director Karl Lagerfeld travelled to Egypt via the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. On exhibition? Impeccable expert craftsmanship. The show was Chanel’s way of honouring the artisans whose intricate beadwork and stunning embellishments complete every collection.
SHOW Chanel Métiers d’Art LOCATION Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC STAR POWER Julianne Moore Penélope Cruz Pharrell Williams Diane Kruger Marion Cotillard Janelle Monáe Lily-Rose Depp
As they say, it’s all in the details, and there were plenty. Gold was an abundant resource in ancient Egypt, and the precious metal appeared as a constant motif in the collection, woven through everything from ’80s New York-inspired bombers and flecked-tweed jackets to evening gowns. The shimmering accessories were a major highlight: metallic overthe-knee boots, crackled-leather boater hats and glistening scarab-beetle evening bags that were a nod to the iconic Egyptian insect. You could even dip a toe in the hue: Models’ legs were airbrushed in gold body paint. For the finale, Lagerfeld took what would be his last runway bow, joined by long-time collaborator Virginie Viard, who was anointed his successor after his death in February. Naturally, they received a standing ovation—another perfectly executed vision sure to go down in the (fashion) history books.