“Paris-Salzburg is about the jacket. It’s the updated version of what I think it should be, could be, and had to be today.” – Karl Lagerfeld
In an interview about his Paris-Salzburg collection for Chanel, Karl explains that his inspiration for this collection was what he calls ‘The coat.’ The famous coat created by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel that has come to define the modern coat of women to this day. But the original inspiration was purely Coco, as taken from the seemingly ordinary during a visit to Salzburg in the 30’s (the coat of a lift attendant) and transformed into something extraordinary with her signature tweed and roping detail… The coat literally became history.
Another creation of Coco Chanel’s that Karl has put to good use for the Paris-Salzburg collection, is her connection to the famous ateliers that have created Chanel’s collections for over half a century. The famous Chanel atelier, located above Coco’s once apartment, is where all the couture samples are made. The very best craftsman create the samples by hand, and it can take up to 1000 hours to hand craft a single Chanel masterpiece, as designed by Lagerfeld.
“What I like is all the craftsmanship, the embroidery, the feathers… if you look at them from near it’s quite unbelievable when you see them or touch them… there is unbelievable craftsmanship in all those clothes.” – Karl Lagerfeld
It’s obvious from viewing the collection that it is truly an homage to it’s Métiers d’Art— it must have taken all of them working feverishly to produce the show. Goossens goldsmith shop for all the precious metal accessories, Maison Lemarié for the careful manipulation of the plumes and ruffling so plentiful in the collection, Desrues’ 160 artisans to create the intricate and unique buttons and costume jeweling that adorned practically everything, not to mention the artisans of Guillet & Lesage, the pleaters of Lognon, the cobblers at Massaro, the glove makers of Causse, the embroiders of Montex, Barrie Knitwear, or the milliners at Maison Michel who contributed their finery to the collection too. In sweet and simple terms, the collection is a true work of art. Each piece a carefully made masterpiece. Something that is a true rarity today.
Naturally the Paris-Salzburg collection is not available for purchase online, and is only available in select Chanel boutiques. If you would like to shop this collection but don’t live near a Chanel store you can contact Fashion IQ’s shopping experts for help.
Click the photo to view the Métiers d’Art Paris-Salzburg Show
Text by Lindsey Alexander, Photos from chanel.com