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  • Writer's pictureSusan Sabet

Pharaoh Queens Take Over New York

With his last Metiers d`´Art collection for French fashion house Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld paid tribute to Ancient Egypt. Set up a the magnificent Temple of Dendur in the heart of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metiers d’art 2018/2019 show that took place on December 4th, was simply out of a fairy tale. Lagerfeld reinterpreted pharaonic grand embellishments and precious ornaments, silhouettes took on geometric and sleek forms, very reminiscent of the figure of Nefertiti, plastron collars, waist and shoulders were bold and gold was simply everywhere, even on the legs! “Egyptian civilization has always fascinated me: I get inspired by an idea, which I make a reality,” explains Karl Lagerfeld.

The Metier d’art collection, traditionally presented in December, outside the official fashion show calendar, is Chanel’s tribute to their partners: embroiderers, flower makers, goldsmiths, costume jewellery makers, shoe makers, pleaters, milliners, glove makers, whose expertise is inseparable from fashion creation and the influence of French fashion around the world. From the Ready-to-Wear silhouettes to the accessories, each Métiers d’art collection is a demonstration of exceptional savoir-faire, at the crossroads of Karl Lagerfeld’s imagination and the artisans’ audacity.

The finale of the show

The breathtaking backdrop of the Temple of Dendur inside the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

The graffiti artist Cyril Kongo designed the print of the canvas shopper tagged with spray paint.

Eyes were rimmed with thick geometric lines of khol.

Knitted dresses and long cardigans come in pharaonic colors of gold, bronze, turquoise and lapis blue.

Clutches come as graphic minaudières or mini pyramids.

Earrings combine the signature double C with the pharaonic Lotus flower.

Karl Lagerfeld’s ultimate reference to ancient Egyptian civilization is the scarab beetle seen in numerous silhouettes: necklaces, buttons, belt buckle, earrings and minaudières.

Brand ambassador Pharrell Williams on the catwalk.

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