Slipped over a transparent dress in iridescent black chiffon, the matching crop top and mini skirt are embroidered with multicoloured geometric motifs shot through with gold. Sewn into the organza, 2,000 bugle beads, 4,000 sequins, 2,000 tubes and 20 cabochons in Plexiglas made by Maison Goossens form a composition like an abstract painting. These hand-embroidered motifs by Maison Lesage conjuring up ancient Egyptian bas-reliefs extend to the pyramid minaudière, to create a harmonious ensemble.
Working with Karl Lagerfeld's illustrations, the skilled bootmakers at Massaro fashioned four new styles for the Paris - New York Métiers d'art collection: a flat, closed-toe, gold leather sandal exudes elegant simplicity while black and two-tone gold pumps are much more ornate; their heels bejewelled by fellow Métiers d'art Maisons, Goossens and Desrues. The Massaro craftsmen also made two-tone gold boots with black patent leather toes, and over-the-knee leather boots cast in solid gold or a metallic graffiti with New York and ancient Egyptian-inspired motifs.
© Pari Dukovic
Modelled from an original piece of CHANEL Art Deco jewellery, dating from the 1920s, this dazzling necklace boasts 1500 individual rhinestones that have been artfully assembled into a graphic silhouette that recalls the night-lit, Manhattan skyline. Brimming with colours that wink day and night, the rhinestones are soldered on one-by-one, ensuring the collar moulds to the wearer like a second skin.
This look sculpts the figure like the robe of an ancient Egyptian goddess, showcasing the fine craftsmanship of the embroidery house Montex. A shimmering embroidered dress is worn over a long tube dress in white jersey to bring out its transparency. Chains of gold beads were delicately sewn onto tulle to form a mesh, using a Cornély, a hand-operated machine designed in the 19th century. Needle-embroidered braids and interlaced triangles of glass cubes and metal tubes form geometric reliefs on the yoke collar, waist and at the bottom of the dress, putting the finishing touches to this look.
Goossens, Gabrielle Chanel's original jeweller and a great accomplice, understood the founder's love for audacious design. As such, the House was the perfect collaborator for the ornate jewellery in the Paris - New York collection. For this bold and graphic 24-karat gold cuff, adorned with a scarab beetle, they drew rich inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld's touchstone of ancient Egypt and crafted precious objects that bridged the perpetually reinvented spirit of CHANEL with an unparalleled savoir-faire.
The Paris - New York collection mixed elaborate evening looks and jewellery with a downtown denim uniform synonymous with New Yorkers. These denim jeans and jacket, with faux fur lapels, are distressed and adorned with embroidered patches. The relaxed silhouette was paired with a custom graffiti tee, splashed with playful hand-drawn illustrations — a mix of the graphic iconography of the House with Egyptian hieroglyphics.
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This full leather look in the Paris-New York collection offered an opportunity to illustrate the truly innovative spirit of Karl Lagerfeld and the Studio, who presented a whole range of jackets, pants, and accessories in embossed leathers that mimicked the idiosyncratic crocodile pattern. With CHANEL’s commitment to no longer WORK WITH exotic skins, the finesse of this new technique showcases the modern possibilities of the Maison's unparalleled expertise.