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CLASSIC REMADE
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19
HANDBAGS

First created by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1955, the 2.55, with its quilted, body and practical yet bijou, gold chain, is an eternal symbol of CHANEL's spirit. Karl Lagerfeld's more recent iteration, the classic handbag, offered a subtle reinterpretation of the original, as the Artistic Director reworked the codes, like the CC clasp and strap, in the playful fashion he did best. This season, both of these iconic styles have both been updated in embossed and brilliant metallic leathers.

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GOLDEN BOOTS
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19

The link between the history of the Métiers d’art with CHANEL is vital — ever since Gabrielle Chanel’s iconic two-tone shoes in the 1950s. For the latest Métiers d’art collection, Massaro fashioned a cast of inspiring footwear including golden boots, signature color of the collection.

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ABSTRACT EMBROIDERIES
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19

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.

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GOLDEN SHOES
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19

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.

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NIGHT ESCAPE WITH
SOO JOO PARK

The unique spirit of the Paris - New York 2018/19 Métiers d’art collection reveals itself under the bright lights of New York with Soo Joo Park, photographed by Pari Dukovic.

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CITY LIGHTS
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19
COSTUME JEWELLERY

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.

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GOLDEN MESH
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19

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.

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GOLD CUFFS
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19
COSTUME JEWELLERY

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.

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DOWNTOWN ALLURE
MÉTIERS D'ART 2018/19

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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