A homage to artistic value, a touch of femininity to the traditional sailor and a harmonic orchestra – all elements which contributed to the masterpiece which was Chanel’s Métiers d’art collection held in the Port of Hamburg for the 2018 collection.
Karl Lagerfeld certainly did it again with this years Métiers d’art show. Lagerfeld, originally from the northern German city of Hamburg decided to bring this years collection back home. In the collection, we saw the designs pay homage to the heart of Hamburg, a major European shipping port with the elaborate sailor inspired designs. Held in the new Herzog & de Meuron Elbphilharmonie building, Lagerfeld introduced us to his timeless collection alongside the enchanting sounds of a live orchestra, setting the stage for an elegant and lively show.
The show itself displayed a simple approach to the idea of the sailor, the classic deep navy blue, large coats and elbsegler or captains hats were all elements included in his designs. The purpose of Chanel’s Métiers d’art show is to shine light on the work of the craftsmanship of the artisans who work with Chanel, which can be easily seen through the use of metal details, cashmere knitwear and tweed suits. Many of the designs took us to a much different Hamburg, that of the 1960’s where rock and roll and countercultural sentiment led to the birth of a new kind of fashion which was exceptionally displayed in the collection.
While it is said that Lagerfeld returned to Hamburg not for nostalgia of his hometown but rather for architectural ingenuity, the cultural front of this historic shipping port proved to provide an excellent source of inspiration for designs. Lagerfeld certainly did not fail to impress in one of his most elaborate and elegant shows to date.