Chanel presented the 2015 Métiers d’Art Paris‑Salzburg collection.
Each year Chanel has a collection named the Métiers d’Art to reveal the glory of its workshops and to push creativity to its limits.
This year Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel 2015 Métiers d’Art Paris‑Salzburg collection in a glorious Rococo setting at the Leopoldskron castle, now a hotel but formerly a staggering, baroque private residence of the Prince Arch Bishop of Salzburg.
The show drew inspiration from Austrian history, that of Empress Elisabeth “Sissi,” who was admired in her time for her elegance and beauty, as well as traditional attire such as the lederhosen and dirndl which Karl Lagerfeld infused with modern luxury by using an elegant yet sporty color palette.
The jackets were the focus of the Chanel collection, and also starred alongside Cara Delevinge and Pharrell Williams in last night’s screening of Reincarnation, the Lagerfeld-directed film that tells the backstory behind Coco’s leitmotif.
Flared jackets, capes and maxi-length coats reveal a pleat at the back that echo the traditional loden coat while their leather trimmings, gold embroidery, feathers and flower appliqués evoke the Austro-Hungarian period. Knits are punctuated with Alpine flora while Austria’s famous lederhosen are paired with leather breeches and also reimagined as handbags. Sophisticated yet sporty, the collection was intentionally contemporary.
Karl Lagerfeld explores Austrian style, showcasing its refinement through the savoir-faire of the Chanel ateliers. Embroidery, feathers and pleats are crafted with painstaking delicacy to give this collection a romantic edge. Tweed, leather and cashmere partnered with loden and felt, and these materials blended with satin, faille, taffeta and lace lend the collection a fresh, youthful vibe.
The Chanel models walked in moccasins decorated with edelweiss, ankle-strap clogs and thigh-high lace-up boots, while their heads were graced with feather-topped hats and ear muff-like headphones styled to look like coiled Heidi braids.