Chanel's front-row habitués at the Métiers d'art Paris Hamburg 2017/18 show recall their own memories of Hamburg, reveal their connection to the port city, and poeticise Karl Lagerfeld's homecoming opus at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.
“One of the first things I saw here in Hamburg was the Brahms Kontor building in the warehouse district. It was a really impressive red- brick building and these colors now really remind me of the city. I loved the way Karl used not only the color of the bricks in some of the textiles but also the bricks themselves at the entrance to the auditorium as a backdrop for the
The escalators of the Elbphilharmonie are the longest escalators I have ever been on! The journey through the building is really interesting and it really amps you up as you climb toward the main
auditorium. The lighting is also really incredible and looked like constellations of stars on the ceiling and around the building. It is also built on the top an old warehouse building and so the architects have made this connection between the past and the future which is very similar to how Karl approaches his work too particularly in this collection where he referenced traditional silhouettes like the peacoats for example but reinvented them in a modern way. I loved all the sparkle and the leather!
The show really was like fashion theater for me. All the models seemed to be playing some role whether it be a sailor or a socialite and that for me was fun and inspiring!”