Chanels Métiers d’arts show 2018 takes place in Metropolitan Museum of Art

LAST night the Parisian maison Chanel staged its Métier d’arts show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the Temple of Dendur, which would soon reveal to be the perfect backdrop. From the setting, the styling details to the designs, it was more than obvious Karl Lagerfeld took his inspiration from Egypt for the 17th edition of the Métier d’arts show, an annual event showcasing the craftmanship of the artisans working for the legendary fashion house Chanel. It was an Egyptian extravaganza.

Chanel Métier d’arts show set

As if the backdrop wasn’t a big enough nod to the theme of the evening, further references Egyptian aesthetics by sending models down the runway in a pulled back wet hair look, extravagant black kohl liner that would even give Cleopatra a run for her money.

Karl seemed to have a Midas touch when it came to this collection. No look went without a touch of gold, being an elegant trim, gold boots or going all out with golden body paint.

The jewellery was as grand as the location, layering necklaces and blowing out the proportions to the bags even referencing the eastern paradise even going so far as being pyramid shaped.

Yet all the Egyptian-inspired looks also gave a nod to the New York street style with supermodel Kaia Gerber strutting along the runway in a denim-on-denim look or Chanel-collaborator Pharrell Williams making a surprise appearance on the runway in a very gold leather pants look, that he pulled off effortlessly.

But Chanel wouldn’t be Chanel if there wasn’t some tweed in the mix, this time with oversized shoulders neatly layered over flowy white dresses and finished off with a ensemble of necklaces, one bigger than the next. This very eclectic collection offered something for everybody. From regal evening gowns with golden details, to the more extravagant looks bursting with warm toned colours and a personal favourite the pink ombré-metallic trousers with the thick knit black jumper.

From wearable to costume-esque, the show was grand, golden and absolutely gorgeous.

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