Sunday, December 12, 2010

sailing to byzantium

Karl Lagerfeld takes us on an extravagant journey

Clémence Poesy, Gaia Repossi, Marianne Faithfull, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson, Vanessa Paradis, Anna Mouglalis, Ines De La Fressange…it must be a Chanel show!

Karl Lagerfeld presented his Métiers D’Art Collection for the house in Paris, drawing a suitably stylish crowd to witness the collection dedicated to the city’s couture ateliers including costume jeweller, feather specialist, embroiderer, shoe-maker, milliner, goldsmith and floral accessory specialist.

The result was an opulent show, embellished in antique gold and encrusted with Byzantine-inspired jewels in reference to the second Chanel boutique opening in Istanbul, and Mademoiselle Chanel’s first costume jewellery line from the 1920s.

Models including Natasha Poly, Freja Beha Erichsen, Frida Gustavsson and our own Lauren Brown walked the sumptuously decorated couture salon at Chanel’s Rue Cambon store, hair piled in towering beehives each circled with a ring of gold.

Signature tweed wove its way through the collection alongside textures of leather, cashmere, chiffon, velvet and lace shimmering in a jewel toned mosaic of emerald, sapphire and violet. The verdict: delightfully decadent.

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