Rome’s Cinecittà, Salzburg’s Schloss Leopoldskron and Edinburgh’s Linlithgow Palace are tough acts to follow, but not for Chanel, where anything seems - and apparently is - possible. The Paris house unveiled its latest Métiers d’Art collection in Hamburg, the city in the north that Karl Lagerfeld calls his hometown. Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie served as the stunning set for Lagerfeld’s lineup, looked to the city’s past, its present and, according to the designer, “borrowed from and was inspired by container shipping and the modern version of the old sailor.”
The Scoop on Métiers d’Art
The collection brings together the artisan workshops that help create that certain Chanel magic – think Lesage for exquisite embroidery, Lemarié for feather-work, Desrues for costume jewelry, Maison Michel for hats, and more.
Germany’s second largest city on the Elbe river is known for the expansive port and merchant culture, as well as its liberal mindset and proclivity for restraint and understatement. Although Lagerfeld hasn’t fully resided here since he left for Paris in his teens, the idea of Hamburg and what it stands for still appeals to him.
The imposing Elbphilarmonie designed by Basel-based Herzon & de Meuron is a wave-like glass structure built on top of a 1960s warehouse. Because construction dragged on for years and costs skyrocketed above and beyond original budgets, the concert hall was the country’s most controversial building project. Since its official opening in a January, the Elphie, as Hamburg natives affectionately call it now, has cemented Hamburg’s status as Germany’s capital of culture.
Who Was There?
Tilda Swinton, Kristen Stewart, Marine Vacth, Caroline de Maigret, Lily Rose Depp, Alma Jodorowsky joined Amanda Harlech, Michel Gaubert, and editors and influencers from around the world.
Lagerfeld's godson Hudson Kroenig, 9, working the runway in a picture-perfect sailor ensemble.
German model Anna Ewers opened a procession of models - including Kaia Gerber - who snaked their way down the tiered Elbphilarmonie to a live orchestra. Lagerfeld put the main emphasis on black or white and showed heavenly nautical knits for both women and men. The pièce de resistance accessory was the nautical cap that topped every ensemble. It came in several forms: embroidered, sequined, adorned with a brooch-like emblem or covered in tulle as if veiled, adding a sense of mystery to the style.
After the Show
Lagerfeld resided over a dinner and party at the Altonaer Fischauktionshalle where guests enjoyed salmon, eel soup, champagne, and singing in the style of Drunken Sailors.
Karl Lagerfeld may live in Paris, but there is no place like home.
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