“After the Grand Palais, I had to do the opposite.”
-Karl Lagerfeld, on the intimate setting for the Pre-Fall 2011 collection presentation, Style.com
If I had to summarize the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection in one word it would be opulence. Hearkening back to the Byzantine Era and Empress Theodora, Karl Lagerfeld resurrected the intricate mosaics and gold filigree of the lost empire.
A somber palette of black, navy, royal plum and gold highlighted the textured knits and intricate tweeds. Mosaic patterns of churches were replicated on dresses and necklines and gold was woven through textiles. The accessories were gorgeous and evoked the lavishness of the Byzantine Empire. Gold coin necklaces, bib necklaces, chunky cuff bracelets and filigree headbands are all fit for an Empress. Over the knee boots and sandals were the footwear of choice and completed the looks.
Though inspired by antiquities, Karl Lagerfeld kept the collection current with hints of mod 1960′s London. Pea coats, straight-leg pants, swing coats and shift dresses gave a modern feel to the otherwise classic sumptuousness of the Byzantine-inspired pieces.
This collection was truly beautiful and I love how Karl can take something so small, like Coco Chanel’s signature Verdura Cuffs (wit Byzantine crosses) and create a whole collection around it. The Métiers D’Art are always a stand out because, as the name implies, it’s a collection focused around artisan skills and gorgeous craftsmanship. I can’t wait to see the detail shots of the accessories and the look book which was shot in Ravenna, Italy where Byzantine mosaics still exist. Stay tuned for more info! Until then, please enjoy images from the collection.