A resort collection with a specific setting, inspirations and theme, the Metiers d’Art shows never fail to disappoint.
From Dubai to Dallas, Salzburg to India, Karl Lagerfeld has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to his lavish Chanel settings, and this year we took a whirlwind trip to Rome. Set in Cinecittà Teatro 5, the same studio in which Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra was made, an authentic Parisian street was created which took a specialist team 6 days to complete. No detail was left out, with real maps of Rome, an underground staircase, lampposts and trees all included in the wonderful spectacle which was experienced first hand by celebrities Kristen Stewart, Rooney Mara and Laura Bailey who all sat front row.
And as for the clothes, they were equally magical and breathtaking. From the sultry leather boots to slightly dishevelled hair styled by Sam McKnight, the classic tweed jackets and the smoking grey colours, this was a collection charged with raw energy. Transparent tights were decorated with black embroidery as were the delicate jackets, while coats were casually slung over models shoulders as they walked down the catwalk. Black was incorporated into every outfit in one way or another – black leather jackets, midi skirts and slouchy knitwear all came in classic Chanel tones. There were flashes of colour too, in the form of tan tweed trousers and matching jackets, soft pink dresses towards the end of the show and deep navies which were a nice change from black.
There was a certain movie star feel to the collection, paying homage to the 60s film stars of old. There was glamour but in an understated way, with a causal air of cool along the lines of Brigitte Bardot. And of course, there were lots of beautiful embroidered pieces, lace panelling and embellishment on the clothes allowing Lagerfeld to show off the master skills of Chanel’s finery.
The big talking point before the show was teenager Bella Hadid’s appearance walking for Chanel, in what was a stellar line up of supermodels which included Lara Stone, Lindsay Wixson and Sam Rollinson and Freja Beha Ericson who closed the show. Yet, before we knew it the show was over and Lagerfeld was taking a bow along the realistic Parisian avenue, recreated in the eternal city of Rome. Bellissima!