How to power dress the Chanel way for pre-fall 2019
When ancient Egypt meets modern New York
It was like going back in time to ancient Egypt while in modern New York.
Held at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Karl Lagerfeld transported everyone to an ancient time with Chanel’s pre-fall 2019 Métiers d’Art show. But the collection was far from old school.
But no points for guessing the inspiration for this collection though: The choice location of the Temple of Dendur is reflective of the inspiration taken from the ancient Egyptian culture. The temple pays homage to the union between mythological gods Isis and Osiris.
The opulent use of rich golds, scarab beetles and plastron collars all point to the influences from the ancient culture, while graffitied designs and denim jackets aimed to recreate the energy of the Big Apple.
Soft suiting, which combines a structured blazer with a soft, flowy dress, continues to be a trend into 2019. But if you prefer a more shapely silhouette, go with a longline jacket that hugs the waist and fits the form.
One quick way to amp up a look is add accessories. In this case, Chanel added a statement belt and plastron collar that not only cinches the waist but also adds width to the shoulders to create an hourglass shape.
The sheath dress, or the kalasiris, was an integral part of ancient Egypt’s women’s fashion. With embellished details and a simple buckle belt, Chanel’s take on the kalasiris is utterly wearable for the modern woman. The jumper-like quality also makes the dress great for work.
When it comes to colour-blocking and trimming details, it is often difficult to find a piece that will flatter the body. With this dress, Karl masterfully uses gold trim, prints and solid black to create a figure-hugging silhouette that emphasises the shoulders to create a glamazon-esque look.