Last night Karl Lagerfeld made a triumphant return home, staging Chanel Métiers D’Art show in his hometown, Hamburg. Taking place at the recently completed Elbphilharmonie concert hall, Lagerfeld’s nautical-inspired collection paid homage to the port city’s seafaring history. The choice of location was a slight detour from Chanel’s usual Métiers D’Art pit stops, which usually represent a significant chapter or facet from Coco Chanel’s highly-storied history.
Chanel’s 2018 Métiers d’Art show served as a tribute to another of Lagerfeld’s hometowns, too: The event took place on Wednesday in Hamburg, Lagerfeld’s place of birth and his residence until he moved to Paris to finish secondary school at the Lycée Montaigne as a teenager. Here is all about Chanel Métiers D’art Paris-Hamburg 2017/18 Collection.
All About CHANEL Métiers D’art Paris-Hamburg 2017/18 Collection
Lagerfeld applied a literal approach to the 85-look collection, with anchor motifs and tongue-in-cheek references such as sailor caps and pipes; playfully reinforcing his theme as well as numerous novelty bags which included pleated accordion-style cross body bags, oversized leather duffles that was nonchalantly slung from shoulders and micro-mini clutches made to resemble shipping containers. Inky shades of navy blue, black, white and rust-red formed the collection’s core color palette and were punctuated with upbeat pops of cobalt, magenta as well as smatterings of shimmering sequins and metallic tones.The sea theme continued in the lapels of the jackets, which often featured a sailor silhouette and cashmere “fisherman” knitwear. Pops of color accented the muted palette, with vivid checked skirts or frocks and red tailoring. The show concluded with sumptuous dresses that truly showed off the skilled work of Chanel’s petite mains, featuring rhinestone, feathers, ribbons, beads and cabochons to create exceptional patterns, trompe l’œils, reflections, and textures.
Lagerfeld’s muses Lily-Rose Depp and Kristen Stewart were his biggest supporters of the night, flanking the front row decked in head-to-toe Chanel. Apart from both ambassadors, friends of the brand who attended the show include Tilda Swinton, Rinko Kikuchi, Carine Roitfeld, Hong Kong actor and singer William Chan, and Japanese model Nana Komatsu.
A 35-piece orchestra played music specially composed by British cellist Oliver Coates, as models stalked the terraced seats of the concert hall in oversized navy cable knits, button front trousers and sailor caps (also appropriated by The Beatles after their spell in Hamburg in the early 1960s).The brand’s famous tweed suit came with a sailor collar and was worn with Chanel’s hot new bag – an oversized duffel. Other boxy bags hung on chain straps and looked like miniature versions of the shipping containers stacked on Hamburg’s dockside.
German model Anna Ewers opened a procession of models. 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.
Runway breakout star Kaia Gerber walked her second ever Chanel show, sporting two Pre-Fall looks on the runway. Anna Ewers, Soo Joo Park, Grace Elizabeth and more also hit the catwalk.
Taking his final bow, Karl Lagerfeld walked the runway with his mini muse, nine-year-old Hudson Kroenig. The boy wore the chicest black double-breasted suit along with one of the newsboy caps worn on the catwalk.