The Chanel Metiers d′Art Show
Last night and for the first time in his wondrous career, Karl Lagerfeld staged The Chanel Metiers d’Art show in his place of birth, Hamburg, Germany. The populated city is well known for its historic port and incredible culture. Rather than shunning the cities roots, the illustrious designer embraced those seafaring scenes and used the swinging sixties as inspiration for a modern and energetic collection.
Lagerfeld continued his endless love affair with architecture, presenting this years show in Hamburg’s newest and most stunning building to date; The Elbphilharmonic. The return to his homeland was not due to nostalgic reasons, Lagerfeld explained, but rather due to the Philharmonics swooping geometric wave like roof in line with Hamburg’s natural sea line. Presented in a theatre designed by Herzog & de Meuron and surrounded by an incredible 35-peice orchestra playing compositions from British cellist Oliver Coates, models walked in front of a room with guests such as Lily-Rose Depp, Tilda Swinton and Kristen Stewart watching on. “I think it’s the most interesting new building in Europe in terms of design — Herzog & de Meuron, they are geniuses,” Lagerfeld commented.
One main highlight from the show was the apparent American newsboy caps. Or that’s what they seemed at first glance. As a German magazine was quick to point out, however, the hats were actually elbeseglers; in English – sailors caps. Although Lagerfelds spin on the classic topper was more posh and luxurious than average, the caps still showed typical metal details and the common brooch at the front. Some were even presented with veils.
The aim of the Chanel Métiers d'Art show is to highlight the craftsmanship of the artisans the popular French house works with. This was ever prominent in the luxurious detailing of the oversized cable knits worn by the models. Heavy on cashmere knitwear from Barrie, there were mini and maxi dresses in the classic Chanel patterns as well as knit bracelets that doubled up as arm warmers. The brands famous tweed suits was also accompanied by a sailor’s collar and worn with the new popular oversized duffel. The tweed kept coming with skirt suits, hand made by artisans and shot through with glistening lurex.
The show closed with Anna Ewers and Kaia Gerber wearing striped feather mini dresses, individually dyed and stitched to mimic that of a sailor’s tunic. The overall looks were beautifully elegant and incredibly aesthetic, words that resembled that of Lagerfelds birthplace. “Hamburg was always kind of discreet. It's not a red-carpet city," said the designer. "Hamburg people - they never showed how rich they were but they were very rich," he said. And, to us, Hamburg represents the birth of such an iconic and awarding figure; epitomic to the greatness of the city.