A shiny and glamorous model of historic Egypt dominated the night – with leisure royalty on the runway, too – as Chanel introduced its touring vogue present to New York and the famed Temple of Dendur on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld, a lover of lavish spectacles, selected the dramatic venue for his 17th annual “Metiers d’Artwork” present, which takes place in a special metropolis every year and celebrates the craftsmanship of the artisans that accomplice with Chanel.
The imposing temple, accomplished in about 10 B.C., is a spotlight of the Met’s assortment and a favourite web site of the museum’s annual spring vogue gala. Certainly, the Chanel present felt like a mini-Met Gala with superstar friends together with actresses Penelope Cruz, Julianne Moore, Margot Robbie, Marion Cotillard and Lily-Rose Depp, comic Jerry Seinfeld, and director Sofia Coppola.
A star even walked the runway: Pharrell Williams, who just lately introduced a collaboration with Chanel. Arriving to some whoops from the group, the singer appeared royal certainly, in a gold mesh prime adorned with designs resembling a large, jeweled Egyptian necklace, and brilliantly shiny gold leather-based trousers.
Gold shimmered everywhere in the runway, as fashions strolled previous the floodlit temple in all the pieces from gold thigh-high boots to gold brimmed hats to glistening clothes with golden feather adornments, to shoulder-length gold earrings. There was additionally some distressed denim, and positively some tweed, however Egyptian-style bling was the order of the day.
One notably gorgeous shoulderless robe appeared like an Egyptian mosaic, with interlocking “tiles” within the Egyptian coloration palette of sunshine and darkish blues, pink, and naturally, gold.
The handiwork concerned within the clothes was displayed briefly movies posted by Chanel on Instagram forward of the present, from artisans’ ateliers, or workshops: metalwork and jewelry-making from Goossens, pleating from Lognon, feather and flower adornments from Lemarie, embroidery from Montex, costume jewellery from Desrues, embroidery and tweed from Lesage, Massaro footwear, and golden Maison Michel hats.
The present got here solely hours after the French vogue home introduced it was renouncing the usage of unique skins like crocodile, lizard and snake in future collections, as a result of they had been troublesome to supply ethically. Successfully meaning animal fur as nicely, which the home has used not often.
On the pink carpet, actress Cruz, who just lately started working with the luxurious label, spoke of how a lot she loved collaborating with Lagerfeld.
“I believe we are able to use the phrase genius to explain Karl,” stated Cruz, in a navy robe she stated was from the final “Metiers d’Artwork” assortment. “He’s very distinctive, and to spend time with him and see how a lot he is aware of about all the pieces and the way a lot curiosity he nonetheless has to continue to grow and to continue learning … he works so laborious.”
Lagerfeld, 85, can also be recognized for reducing no corners in relation to vogue present spending, and his Temple of Dendur extravaganza – solely the third time he has proven in New York – will definitely not change that popularity.
As they left the museum, friends had been escorted into black automobiles for a experience about 10 blocks south into Central Park, the place an indoor venue had been remodeled right into a Chanel “diner,” full with meals vehicles shelling out drinks, cheeseburgers and fries, and milkshakes.
AP video journalist Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.
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