Karl Lagerfeld Explains His Inspiration for Chanel’s ‘Metiers d’Art’ Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld recently unveiled his latest ‘Chanel Metiers d’Art’ Pre-Fall 2014 collection in Dallas, Texas. Often taking his inspiration from world travel as well as different eras throughout history, Lagerfeld’s cowboy-influence is very evident throughout the extensive line which features both menswear and womenswear. The famous designer even stirred up controversy by using some Native American inspired items such as a feathered headdress. Declining to respond to the controversy directly, Karl commented that his influences come from multi -sources and he doesn’t intend for them to be worn as costume pieces:

"Chanel clothes are bought all over the world, they can have a local ethic inspiration, but, at the same time, they have to have a universal touch - otherwise it becomes limited. You can wear these clothes and look normal. This isn't just for costume parties.”

He also didn’t want the designs to be too obvious, so he tried not to link his collection with the stereotypical Hollywood vision of cowboys:

“I tried to remove its relationship from tough Hollywood films; you know with John Wayne."

Karl approached the look in a new way that allowed him to create new pieces and show his ability to transform a certain look into something fresh and new. He thanks his team for helping him with this big task:

"It's a reinvention of something in my mind. That’s my job. I have great people who work with me, I couldn't do it alone. To work it out, you need great people."


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