Karl Lagerfeld brought Chanel to his home city of Hamburg for the Métiers d’Art Chanel show, hosted in the Elbphilharmonie building, the spectacular concert hall designed by Swiss architectural partnership Herzog & de Meuron. The house’s creative director was met with a standing ovation when he appeared with his godson Hudson Kroenig at the end of the show; other guests included Tilda Swinton, Kristen Stewart and Lily-Rose Depp. A live orchestra played as the models walked down the catwalk, wearing sailor hats and a nautical-themed uniform of navy and black wool knitwear and black tailored pieces.
Structured denim and tweed were also seen, as was sequined and fur-lined leather-embellished outerwear. Fifties-style silhouettes were created with full tulle skirts, flared, cropped trousers and cinched-in waistlines, creating a sense of femininity despite the dark palette. Tilda Swinton commented: ‘It’s honestly, I think, the most beautiful Karl Lagerfeld Chanel collection I’ve ever seen’, adding that she felt privileged to share the intimacy of bringing the collection to his home city. The choice of music paid tribute to the city’s seafaring roots – the orchestra played the Spanish song La Paloma, which Lagerfeld suggested was ‘the hymn of Hamburg’ due to its historical popularity with German sailors when they left the city to go to sea.