Chanel presents Egyptian-themed collection around The Met's Temple of Dendur

An ancient Egyptian temple at New York‘s Metropolitan Museum of Art provided the setting for Chanel’s latest catwalk show, when the French fashion house debuted a collection featuring glittering tweeds, golden garments and bold jewels.

The catwalk looped The Met’s Temple of Dendur – an Ancient Egyptian monument completed in 10BC – to create an appropriate setting for the debut of Chanel’s 2018/19 Métiers d’art collection earlier this week.

With a taste for elaborate shows, creative director Karl Lagerfeld chose the decorative sandstone temple to provide the backdrop for the presentation, as well as inform the Egyptian-style aesthetic of the pieces.

“Egyptian civilisation has always fascinated me: I get inspired by an idea, which I make a reality,” said Lagerfeld in a project statement.

Floating regal garments, bold geometric prints and lavishly colourful accessories featured throughout the collection, along with plenty of golden garments in sparkling, shimmering and crackled textures.

Beige, white and black tweeds – a Chanel staple – are threaded with mohair, gold and beaded cotton.

“I think the image of this collection is very much down to this refinement which should be seen close up, almost touched, to understand how it is done and to really appreciate the beauty of this work,” said Lagerfeld, who also drew on the antiquities for pieces in his first sculptural exhibition.

Other motifs included the Ancient Egyptian scarab beetle, which can be seen a necklace, buttons, belt buckle, earrings and handbags, while the models’ makeup resembled the Eye of Horus.

American music producer Pharrell Williams – who is set to collaborate with Chanel – was adorned with the facial marking while modelling baggy gold trousers and a bejewelled jumper.

Other features of this year’s garments were intended asa  nod to New York, including street-art-style graphics on printed t-shirts, and a patched denim two-piece worn by model Kaia Gerber. “New York, it’s an energy and a melting pot of cultures, it’s very stimulating,” said Lagerfeld.

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