The sketch of a polar bear by Karl Lagerfeld on the invitation to his autumn-winter show for Chanel on Tuesday was already a big hint.
As a howling wind came over the sound system, screens were hoisted up to reveal gigantic ice floes, from which his models emerged enveloped in shaggy furs to keep out the Arctic cold and splashed through puddles of melted ice in knee high yeti boots.
With bouffant platinum blonde hair swept up, they snuggled into floor-sweeping snow white coats quilted like the Chanel signature handbag, with deep black fur hems, cuffs and stole collars. Continue reading →
After last year’s Moscow extravaganza, Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld relocated to Shanghai last week to present his yearly Maison d’Arts collection at the label’s freshly inaugurated boutique at the Peninsula Hotel.
As in past years, ‘King Karl’ has documented his creation process meticulously — videos can now be watched on YouTube.
All the videos have been removed from Youtube by Chanel
Beginnings — After a nostalgic black-and-white opening, the ‘Kaiser’ is shown sketching the first drafts for the collection.
Fittings — Models show Lagerfeld the first results of his work.
Fine tuning — Whatever the label’s creative head decides is implemented in Chanel’s Paris ‘ateliers.’
Shooting the movie — Coco Chanel never made it to Shanghai herself, even though she imagined the place as very inspiring.
Lagerfeld tried to capture her relationship with the city in a new short movie, which he can be seen directing here.
More fittings — The collection starts to take shape.
Working overtime — This is where the ‘Art’ in ‘Maison d’Art’ comes from.
Fit for the press kit — Lagerfeld photographs the collection for the press, as always with a little help from his ‘muse du jour,’ Baptiste Giabiconi.
Leaving on a jet plane — Chanel’s staff gets ready for the departure to China.
Shanghai impressions — The team arrives in the metropolis.
Getting ready — This short summary of the actual fashion show also gives you a few glimpses of the backstage scenery.
The show — Lagerfeld’s favorite models including Jessica Stam, Heidi Mount, Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw paraded down the runway in richly embellished creations inspired by Asian art and antiques.
While the clothes didn’t fail to impress, the Kaiser’s ‘yellow-face’ make-up for the girls caused hot debate this week.