Chanel Métiers d’Art Show 2016/2017 Decoded
Coco Chanel lived in the Ritz Paris for 34 years. When she passed away in her suite in 1971, her last words to the maid were, ‘You see, this is how you die’.
Inspired by Coco’s affinity for this iconic structure, creative director Karl Lagerfeld reimagined the wonder years with his Metier’s d’Art show 2016/2017 held at the Ritz. His version of pre-fall, be it 2014’s show at Salzburg or the film noir collection in Rome, has always been a spectacular showcase for the intricate handwork of Chanel’s specialist craft suppliers.
The focus had to be on the immaculate detailing. French paneling and gilding, ornate wallpapers and carpet patterns that are found throughout the hotel spilled onto the classic black tweed suit, denim coats, and cocktail dresses. The classic Chanel jacket was embellished with braids made from pearls, floral embroidery, and Plexiglas buttons. The colour palette included sophisticated shades of cream, white, navy blue and black along with flashes of red and gold. Embroideries, sunray pleats, marabou and ostrich feathers were delightful additions to the ultra-feminine collection. Models wore veils or crowns of roses on their heads. ‘No camellias this season, it’s all about roses!’ declared Karl Lagerfeld, as he wrapped up a memorable day of Parisian glamour.
First look: Karl Lagerfeld on the Métiers d’Art Show 2016/2017
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