Chanel mines an­cient his­tory for its lat­est col­lec­tion.

ELLE (Canada) - - CONTENTS - By Vanessa Craft

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.

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