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Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2019 Collection Really Goes for the Gold
Get it? Because there’s a lot gold! Also, Pharrell was there.
Karl Lagerfeld and the Chanel design workforce have by no means met a theme they did not love: They’ve excavated ancient Greece, cruised through 1950’s Cuba and, most famously (infamously?), rocketed us all into outer space.
So when it was introduced that the brand would be bringing its Métiers d’Art show to New York City, the belief was that it could be packed with odes to the Big Apple. Of course, that was silly: Dolce & Gabbana already did that to the extreme with their Alta Moda show — as did Donatella Versace over the weekend and Jeremy Scott with his recent H&M x Moschino extravaganza. Besides, the place’s the enjoyable in designing a gown that appears just like the Empire State Building?
Instead, Lagerfeld and co. appeared in the direction of the present’s setting: The Temple of Dendur, nestled neatly within the Sackler Wing on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the place it serves as a crown jewel within the Met’s Egyptian wing. Though Lagerfeld has at all times notably refused to really do actual analysis for his collections, preferring to as a substitute use his creativeness of a spot reasonably than the place itself, it is clear Chanel derived inspiration from the artworks displayed within the rooms across the Temple of Dendur.
First, there was the gold — heaps and heaps of gold, and never the refined, burnished variety, however the shiny, pure golds of Egyptian pharaohs. It served as element on the lapels of jackets, because the trim on attire and skirts, because the foundational coloration of heels and knee-high boots and, maybe most daringly, as opaque gold tights. Chanel additionally provided its imaginative and prescient of a shiny gold headdress which would not have appeared misplaced within the show instances of the encompassing galleries.
The jewellery, too, was outsized and outrageous, with items like outsized, pearl collars and hammered pendants and cuffs set towards plain white attire. Long layers of beaded necklaces have been piled on high of one another, a Chanel signature, typically over high of a collar or with beaded tassel earrings. The luggage have been — what else? — usually pyramid formed, or no less than sharply-cornered.
There was a number of croc — or maybe croc-embossed leather-based, because the model notably announced it would be ditching exotic materials in its collections. There’s a pair of black croc pants with a relaxed leg, and a black croc jacket with exaggerated shoulders. Gold, croc boots include an embellished heel, and fingerless gloves — Lagerfeld’s favourite! — have been rendered in a croc materials.
Cooler items managed to reference New York City as a lot as they did historical Egypt. A graffiti-hieroglyphic hybrid print, filled with references to these basic Chanel home codes, performed prominently on a pant and bomber jacket set, or a gown paired with matching boots and an outsized, shearling-lined denim jacket. The brightly coloured knits and ombré, metallic leather-based pants ought to get a number of play with the road type set seeking to stand out. And there was menswear that solely someone as daring as Pharrell might put on — which he did, showing on the runway in a gold sweater with collar detailing and gold leather-based pants.
Still, that is Chanel, which implies there was loads of tweed (with and with out all that gold, in case you are on the lookout for one thing extra refined) and suiting. The eveningwear was particularly fairly, knocking the gold tones again right into a extra muted bronze territory and including in jeweled components positive to glitter on any purple carpet.
Was all of it a bit bit a lot? Yes. Did it veer into costume territory? Absolutely. But whereas longtime prospects might select to skip a mosaic crop high and miniskirt set layered over a sheer, metallic maxi gown and topped with a shiny gold hat (that is a number of look), they’re going to nearly definitely be swooning for the graphic prints and scarab-encrusted cuffs.
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