CHANEL 2018-19

The Gulf Today - Time Out - - CONTENTS | FOCUS - Ali­cia Ran­cilio/As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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