Chanel’s latest Métiers d'Art Paris-Hamburg 2017/18 collection is a full-fledged naval fantasy, featuring tweed pea coats, navy chunky cable knits, embellished sailor caps and quilted duffel bags. This maritime-themed collection was inspired by the maison's heritage and in particular, the sailor’s wardrobe, which Gabrielle Chanel has famously taken and turned into high fashion coveted by many.
In 1912, Mademoiselle Chanel opened her first boutique in Deauville, a fashionable coastal resort on the Normandy coast in France. It's an apt choice of location, seeing that her first creations were born from her reinterpretation of clothing worn by sailors at sea, which featured plenty of stripes and jersey fabric.
Fast-forward to the 1930s: Chanel, ever a big fan of the relaxed vibe of the Riviera and obsessed with comfort, started wearing Navy-inspired drop-front trousers and a striped jersey herself.
Gabrielle Chanel in front of her boutique in Deauville in 1913.
Lady in blue, Max Meyer’s sketch of Chanel’s outfit, circa 1916.
Gabrielle Chanel at her house La Pausa in the French Riviera.
Mademoiselle Chanel at her house La Pausa in the French Riviera, with her dog Gigot.
Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld joined the fashion house in 1983 and he hasn’t stopped reinterpreting the codes of the nautical striped jersey since. For the maison's Métiers d’Art 2017/2018 “Paris-Hamburg” collection, the Kaiser has taken this iconic Chanel piece and elevated it further with fine craftsmanship — a nod to the sights and sailors of the Hamburg port, as well as Chanel’s history.
For this unique collection, Lagerfeld has combined Chanel's nautical vocabulary with the skill of Chanel’s legendary craftsmen and its signature classics, such as the tweed suit and jacket, to create bold yet ultra-feminine looks.
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The Chanel Métiers d'Art Paris-Hamburg 2017/18 collection is now in stores.