Chanel Shows in Shanghai

Shanghai got Christmas a little early this year. And instead of Santa, they got Uncle Karl.

Lagerfeld brought the Chanel Métier D’Arts collection to China for Pre-Fall 2010.

Shiny Chanel in Shanghai. PF2010

The House of Chanel has collaborated with just over a handful of ateliers made up of artisans + skilled craftsmen and women for dozens of years.

With the decline of haute couture demand in the last decade or so, those ateliers were at risk of going bankrupt.

Chanel acquired them in 2002 and has honoured them with the Métier D’Arts or ‘work of the hands’ collection for Chanel each year since.

Echoing the lit windows of the skyscrapers in the backdrop.
Modern Dynasty. A little Qing and a little Joan Collins.

Scene: a backdrop of the Shanghai skyline, visible through a translucent wall; a runway, along the Huangpu River.

Players: the International jet set – models, editors and the uber consumerati.

Dialogue: a reference guide of chinoiserie – black lacquer, red opium, pagodas, the Imperial Courts; a vocabulary of quilting, embroidery, silks, beading and brocades.

Ming goes Mod at Chanel Matier D'Arts.
Towering to perfection.
A twist on traditional tweeds.
And Karl wouldn't be Karl without a touch of whimsy.
Chinese opulence at Chanel's Shanghai collection.
Soldier on, sartorial superstar.
Furnished in red and black lacquer.

Pagoda prima donna.

Photos courtesy of WWD.

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