With simply over 36 hours to recuperate from the Fashion Awards in London, on Wednesday night the style elite regrouped for Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2018 present in Hamburg, Germany. Hosted on the Elbphilharmonie — a placing, glass live performance corridor designed by Herzog & de Meuron, unveiled in January 2017 — the venue selection marked a return for Karl Lagerfeld to his hometown of Hamburg and served as the proper backdrop for a set impressed by the ocean.
The annual Métiers d’Art collections (Wednesday’s occasion was Chanel’s 16th consecutive yr exhibiting them) honors the superb craftsmanship that artisans like embroiderers, knitters, milliners, button specialists, jewelers, and shoemakers deliver to the French trend home. This season noticed mannequin Anna Ewers open the present in a navy knitted minidress with knit leg heaters, a concertina bag, and a naval cap. The largely black, grey, and cream providing consisted of intricately detailed signature twinsets, button-up culottes, and modish minis all paired with black tights, glittering strings of pearl necklaces, and veiled sailor hats.
The sea theme continued within the lapels of the jackets, which frequently featured a sailor silhouette and cashmere “fisherman” knitwear. Pops of colour accented the muted palette, with vivid checked skirts or frocks and pink tailoring. The present concluded with luxurious clothes that really confirmed off the expert work of Chanel’s petite mains, that includes rhinestone, feathers, ribbons, beads and cabochons to create distinctive patterns, trompe l’œils, reflections, and textures.
As the total solid of fashions (together with Kaia Gerber and Soo Joo Park) assembled on the stage, Karl Lagerfeld took his bow, accompanied by his younger muse and godson, nine-year-old Hudson Kroenig. As rumors flow into that Lagerfeld will quickly be retiring from his function at Chanel, which he is held since 1983, it makes excellent sense that Lagerfeld would stage his swan tune in his hometown of Hamburg. But then once more, many thought his fall ’16 devoted to the home’s couturiers and its atelier was additionally his final. And as an alternative of stepping down, Lagerfeld stored doing what he does greatest: he simply stored going.
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