Yesterday the opulent, fairy-tale-like castle Leopoldskron, located even more charmingly on the shores of Lake Leopoldskroner Weiher, was the setting for a show which had something magical: the presentation of the Chanel Metiers d’Art 2015 collection.
This name surely sounds familiar to the Chanel-affectionates. The show is staged every year in a different city designated by Karl Lagerfeld himself and linked to the brand’s history – in this case, Austria is where Gabrielle Chanel first conceived the idea, which led to the creation of her signature jacket. The way this happened is kind of a legend itself (during one of her sojourns in Austria, Coco noticed the jackets worn by the hotel’s elevator operators).
What makes this Ready-To-Wear collection unique is the crafting of every single piece brought on by hand-picked ateliers and artisans in the field; among these, this year’s edition included jewelry maker Desrues, whose original owner created his first set of buttons for Gabrielle Chanel, feather and flower maker Lemarié, creator of the floral symbol of the Chanel house, embroiderer Lesage and others.
Yesterday, while the guests were being treated with Austrian delicatessen in the beautiful interiors of the castle, the collection was presented. The history celebrated throughout the show was that of princess Sisi, Austria’s most famous royal, impersonated by Lagerfeld’s protégé Cara Delevigne in the video which was a precursor to the big event.
What We Loved
The iconic Chanel jacket was reinterpreted and made more decadent, evoking the royal stories of long ago. Big queen gowns and princess vests enriched with bows and worn together with shoes borrowed from the Imperial times are dramatically rococo and they definitely won our hearts. Accessories such as silk ribbons are definitely going to be the next hair trend.
What We Didn’t Like
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