Karl Lager­feld brings Chanel to an­cient Egypt at Met show

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An air of an­cient Egyp­tian lux­ury ruled the night as Chanel de­signer Karl Lager­feld brought his trav­el­ling fash­ion show to New York and its fa­mous Tem­ple of Den­dur at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art.

Lager­feld chose the venue for his 17th an­nual “Metiers d’Art” show, which takes place in a dif­fer­ent city each year and cel­e­brates the crafts­man­ship of the ar­ti­sans that part­ner with Chanel.

The im­pos­ing tem­ple, com­pleted in about 10 B.C., is a high­light of the Met’s col­lec­tion and a favourite site of the mu­seum’s an­nual spring fash­ion gala. In­deed, the Chanel show felt like a miniMet Gala with celebrity guests in­clud­ing ac­tresses Pene­lope Cruz, Ju­lianne Moore, Mar­got Rob­bie, Mar­ion Cotil­lard and Li­lyRose Depp, co­me­dian Jerry Se­in­feld, and di­rec­tor Sofia Cop­pola.

A celebrity even walked the run­way: Phar­rell Wil­liams, who re­cently an­nounced a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Chanel. Ar­riv­ing to a few whoops from the crowd, the singer wore a very Egyp­tian-look­ing gold mesh top adorned with de­signs re­sem­bling a wide, jew­eled Egyp­tian neck­lace, and shiny gold pants.

Gold shim­mered all over the run­way, as mod­els strolled past the flood­lit tem­ple in ev­ery­thing from gold thigh-high boots to gold brimmed hats to glis­ten­ing dresses with golden feather adorn­ments, to shoul­der­length gold ear­rings. There was also some dis­tressed denim, and def­i­nitely some tweed, but shiny gold was the or­der of the day.

One par­tic­u­larly stun­ning shoul­der­less gown looked like an Egyp­tian mo­saic, with in­ter­lock­ing “tiles” in the Egyp­tian colour palette of light and dark blues, red, and of course, gold.

The hand­i­work in­volved in the gar­ments was dis­played in brief videos posted by Chanel on In­sta­gram ahead of the show, from ar­ti­sans' ate­liers, or work­shops: met­al­work and jew­elry-mak­ing from Goossens, pleat­ing from Lognon, feather and flower adorn­ments from Le­marie, em­broi­dery from Mon­tex, cos­tume jew­elry from Des­rues, em­broi­dery and tweed from Lesage, Mas­saro shoes, and golden Mai­son Michel hats.

On the red car­pet, ac­tress Cruz, who re­cently be­gan work­ing with the lux­ury la­bel, spoke of how much she en­joyed col­lab­o­rat­ing with Lager­feld.

“I think we can use the word ge­nius to de­scribe Karl,” said Cruz, in a navy gown she said was from the last “Metiers d’Art” col­lec­tion. “He’s very unique, and to spend time with him and see how much he knows about ev­ery­thing and how much cu­rios­ity he still has to keep grow­ing and to keep learn­ing ... he works so hard.”

Lager­feld, 85, is also known for cut­ting no cor­ners when it comes to fash­ion show spend­ing, and his Tem­ple of Den­dur ex­trav­a­ganza — only the third time he has shown in New York — will cer­tainly not change that rep­u­ta­tion.

Karl Lager­feld

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