On December 1st 2015, the Chanel Métiers d’art collection will to be unveiled in Rome. Karl Lagarfeld has chosen to show his collection at Cinecittà, the legendary film studio complex.
Since 2002 Karl Lagerfeld has been developing a Ready-to-Wear collection – outside of the official shows schedule – entitled the “Métiers d’art collection”, shown every year in the month of December.
As a true demonstration of exceptional savoir-faire, this collection highlights the work of the métiers d’art including costume jewellery and button maker Desrues, feathers and flowers maker Lemarié, hat maker Maison Michel, shoe maker Massaro, embroiderers Lesage and Montex, the glove maker Causse and the pleater Lognon1.
With constantly renewed creativity Karl Lagerfeld captures the history of Chanel and revisits its codes every year by designating a city that’s linked to the past or present of the House, and making it the theme of his collection. Inspired by the multiple links woven between Chanel and the chosen city the couturier proposes a Ready-to-Wear collection which celebrates the virtuosity of the above ateliers and their specialized savoir-faire.
The artisans skilfully interpret Karl Lagerfeld‘s sketches season after season with the utmost devotion. “It’s made in an artisan way, in the very best sense of that word, because in artisan there is ‘art’. The art of doing things well. An applied art. And that is truly wonderful. I think the image of this collection is reflected through this finesse which has to be seen up close, almost touched, to understand how it is done and to really appreciate the beauty of this work,” Karl Lagerfeld explains.
Chanel is the only House to have dedicated an entirely separate collection to the Métiers d’art in order to continue its legacy and extraordinary expertise. For more than ten years this collection has been consistently developed and now today enjoys its own identity.
Available in boutiques from May onward, the Métiers d’art collection, which marries modernity with artisan savoir-faire, offers clients a refined and elegant Ready-to-Wear wardrobe imbued with an incredible wealth of materials. The accessories – bags, shoes, costume jewellery and even buttons – are the result of an extreme sophistication and attention paid to every detail.
The cities of Tokyo, New York, Monte-Carlo, London, Moscow, Shanghai, Byzance, Bombay, Edinburgh, Dallas, Salzburg and Rome, have all served as backdrop to the presentation of the Chanel Métiers d’art collections.
Celebrities wearing models from Métiers d’art collections:
Astrid Berges Frisbey
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel