Karl Lagerfeld shows Chanel Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 in NYC
The Métiers d'Art Paris-Salzburg collection reprised
Legions of celebrity guests and Chanel aficionados flocked to the New York Armoury on Park Lane yesterday at the invitation of Karl Lagerfeld, who in an uncharacteristically redux move, chose to re-present the Chanel Métiers d'Art Paris-Salzburg collection.
Although a repetition of sorts this was still an opportunity for Karl to demonstrate his famous forward-thinking approach to fashion. His stunning recreation of the historic Leopoldskron Castle, which served as the opulent setting for the first showing last December, was on the sort of scale we have all come to expect from this master of production. Five lavish saloons were given the antique treatment, with no expense spared. Chandeliers cascaded from the ceilings just like in Salzburg and gilded furniture in non-uniform arrangements formed the inviting seat formation.
"You have to do your shows with the big sets today," said Lagerfeld. "You have to give something visual. Because girls coming out on a runway – there's nothing wrong; it's interesting for people in fashion. But for the rest of the world who buys the nail polish, the lipstick for a global label, it's a problem to show something that looks [plain]. That's our time...You have to adapt, we have to adapt. I am an opportunist so I adapt easy. A professional opportunist. One has to be."
As familiar Chanel faces such as Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, and Bella and Gigi Hadid walked the runway, the attention was returned to this intricate and luxurious collection of lavishly worked creations. Ruffles, jewellery-like buttons, exquisite embroidery formed detail layered upon luxury details. And of course there was the crucial reference to the Chanel jacket, that sparked Coco Chanel's imagination all those years ago in Salzburg.