First, here is a little history behind the Chanel Metiers D’Art Collection 2011 Paris-Byzance. Every year since 2002, Karl Lagerfeld shows support to Chanel’s Métiers d’Art
by dedicating an annual collection to them. Métiers d’Art include
seven specialist craftsmen – Lemarié
the feather specialist, Lesage
the embroiderer, Desrues
the costume jeweler, Massaro
the shoemaker, Maison Michel
the milliner, Goossens
the goldsmith and Guillet
the floral accessory specialist. These collections typically celebrate a city that is a part of Chanel’s history. Back in the 1920’s, Coco Chanel drew inspiration from Byzantine history to create her jewelry. In this collection, Karl Lagerfeld draws inspiration from Empress Theodora, a Byzantine empress, whose ambition is similar to that of Coco Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld gives a contemporary spin to the opulence of Byzantine culture. The predominant materials are tweeds woven with gold thread, textured knits, and silk. All of the materials are heavily embroidered to resemble ancient mosaics. Accessories, from bangles and earrings, to headpieces and necklaces, are intricate with gold, glass beads, precious stones, and filigree gilt. Lavish over the knee boots and sandals, smaller handbags, red eyeliner for make up, and updo hairstyles complete the looks.
I truly enjoy this collection not only because it is beautiful but also because it reminds me of my own culture and history.
Source: vogue.com – Photos: courtesy of Chanel