Karl Lagerfeld swooped into London to present his "Paris-Londres" métiers d’art collection for Chanel—the only house to showcase the incredible handiwork of its couture ateliers—and so tout Londres was aflutter as Chanel taxis ferried the jeunesse dorée to the new Phillips de Pury gallery for the exclusive showing. And it didn’t disappoint, with a whirl of Victoriana—from frilly blouses and bonnets to neat little jackets and capes—and men's tailoring inspired by two of Coco's paramours, the Duke of Westminster and polo player Boy Capel. But it wasn't all an homage to bygone eras. As a nod to London’s hot music scene, Lagerfeld sent out models with punked-up styling and Amy Winehouse beehives, while Irina Lazareanu warbled alongside Sean Lennon. Perched on chairs with Chanel hangers for armrests (people were spotted trying to make off with them) were Daphne Guinness, Yasmin Le Bon, Claudia Schiffer, Charlotte (of Monaco) Casiraghi, Natalie Imbruglia, Lily Cole, Harry Potter's Emma Watson, Lily Allen and the Dellals, to name a few.
On the catwalk, Lagerfeld-favored models Agyness Deyn, Anouck Lepère, Freja Beha, Portia Freeman and Devon Aoki showed off the finery of the Paris ateliers—which were bought by the house five years ago to preserve their future as artisan industries. Every Chanel tradition was on display, often with a twist: outsized feathers, pearls and chains, as well as sweeping leather coats embroidered with crystal crosses. But the biggest cheer of the night went to a classic Chanel handbag embossed with the Union Jack. The entente cordiale continued at Bungalow 8 for a night hosted by Amy Sacco, where guests waited for Karl and partied until dawn.
Photos by Michel Gaubert. (Merci, Michel!) Click to enlarge...