Drawing inspiration from the three pillars of time – past, present and future, Karl Lagerfeld infused elements of the Hamburg port with gliding silhouettes of the merchant navy crew juxtaposed with the modernism of the Maison. Uniting Chanel Paris with the orangey hues of Hamburg’s architecture, the collection comprised of a minimalist palette of black, beige, grey, navy blue and brick with bursts of gold and red, as well as pinstripes and sailor stripes. Alongside this, some pieces featured woven patterns, which mirrored the bricks of buildings surrounding the docks in the port and the stacks of multi-coloured containers of the cargo ships.
For the bags, minaudières took the form of lifebuoys, anchor bolts and shipping containers, while the Gabrielle bag received a Hamburg makeover and was dressed with checked tweed in colours of the city’s brickwork. A standout from the collection was the accordion bag, a tribute to the instrument on which sailors played when they took refuge in Hamburg.