New York is no stranger to grand fashion events. After all, it is one of the so-called “Big Four”, and has seemingly led the pack in the past years. December, however, has something big in store for the city. Chanel, led by Karl Lagerfeld, will be bringing the label’s Métiers d’art collection to The City That Never Sleeps.
The Métiers d’art collection, organized to celebrate the expert craftsmanship evident on each Chanel piece, began traveling to fashion destinations in 2002. Translating to “Master of Art”, the Métiers d’art collection has been to Germany, France, and the United Kingdom in recent years. The presentation happens annually, and always in a place that has a connection to Chanel in some way. That being said, this would not be the first time that New York served as host to the collection, or to Chanel for that matter. The 2000s saw Chanel organizing its 2005 Paris-New York Métiers d’Art, Resort 2007, and Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Art shows in New York City and at some of its most iconic landmarks. On December 4, it would be The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s turn to take the spotlight.
Lagerfeld bringing the 2018/2019 collection to New York City is a choice that is both personal and relevant to the company’s history. The iconic fashion designer has always been drawn to the city and its energy, justifying the countless times he has used its backdrop for Chanel’s campaigns. The maison’s founder Coco Chanel, who is as big a celebrity as Lagerfeld is, if not more, also forged a deep connection with the city. According to Chanel’s press release, Coco first visited New York City in 1931, and it was not even her main destination. She stayed over at The Pierre where she was warmly received, complete with a reception held to honor her. Once her official business with Samuel Goldwyn was done, she returned to the city before flying to Paris. Moreover, American retailers were important in Chanel’s success even early on in the label’s history. Throughout her life, she has maintained strong business relationships with American retailers such as Neiman Marcus, which was reportedly close to the fashion designer-cum-entrepreneur’s heart.
The Met is an obvious choice for unquestionable reasons. The institution was a major player in the preservation of art and fashion, and has been hosting the annual Met Gala for years. It was a home to “Chanel” in 2005 which was a showcase of both Lagerfeld and Chanel’s designs. The upcoming Métiers d’art show will be the first fashion show in a long time for the Met—the last of its kind was held in 1982 with Valentino bringing to the museum that year’s Fall collection.
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