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 BC, is a highlight of the Met’s collection and a favourite site of the museum’s annual spring fashion gala.
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, jewelled Egyptian necklace, and shiny gold pants.
Gold shimmered all over the runway, as models strolled past the loodlit temple in everything from gold thigh-high boots to gold brimmed hats to glistening dresses with golden feather adornments, to shoulder-length gold earrings. There was also some distressed denim, and deinitelysometweed,butshiny 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 jewellery-making from Goossens, pleating from Lognon, feather and flower adornments from Lemarie, embroidery from Montex, costumejewelleryfromDesrues, embroidery and tweed from Lesage, Massaro shoes, and golden Maison Michel hats.
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.