Chanel Pre-Fall 2019 runway show

Fashion

Recreating the atmosphere of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, mystic designer Karl Lagerfeld reflected on the possible combination of ancient Egypt’s luxury and modern-day New York in his Chanel Pre-Fall 2019 collection.

 

 

The show opened with various versions of the oversized blazers and jackets, first presented as part of the Chanel Spring ready-to-wear collection, but this time Karl went with an asymmetrical cut and accompanied them with a draped skirt wrapped around the body, a nod to the classic Egyptian shendyt—a men's dress of the period of ancient pharaohs.

Tunic dresses resembling the look of the magnificent Cleopatra and Chanel’s signature tweed embroidered in gold prompted the genius maestro, who likes making puns—an exciting game for his creative mind, to call that "luxe or", which sounds exactly like the legendary city on the Nile River.

Some outfits are embellished with motifs from works of the Memphis Group, a design and architecture group, which Lagerfeld himself used to be a client of, headed in the 80s by architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.