In a time in which luxury brands are tasked with hosting runway shows in increasingly more far-flung and exotic locales, Chanel has been ahead of the curve. Since 2002, the French house has developed a reputation for its Métiers d'Art shows in particular, jet-setting all over the planet to put on palatial feasts in Mumbai (Pre-Fall 2012), rodeos in Dallas (Pre-Fall 2014) and more recently, orchestral performances in Hamburg (Pre-Fall 2018).
Now, for its Pre-Fall 2019 presentation this December, Chanel is turning its attention to the U.S.: Karl Lagerfeld and company are heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for a show on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The house is no stranger to The Met, with the landmark museum staging "Chanel," a retrospective exhibit that featured both Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and Lagerfeld's designs, in 2005. Chanel has also hosted runway shows in New York previously, including its 2005 Métiers d'Art presentation at its Fifth Avenue store and its Resort 2007 show in Grand Central Terminal; it also restaged its 2015 Métiers d'Art show, originally shown in Salzburg, at the Park Avenue Armory.
The inspiration for Chanel's upcoming display at The Met is, per a release, rooted in Coco Chanel's longstanding appreciation for New York. The designer first visited the city in 1931, where she stayed at The Pierre, 20 blocks south of The Met, and where a reception was reportedly held in her honor. American department stores were also some of her earliest supporters, with many domestic retailers carrying her collections as early as 1912, just two years after she received her millinery license and opened her iconic boutique at 21 Rue Cambon. "Karl Lagerfeld is also very attached to the American mega-city whose energy and light he has always loved to capture," stated a release.
Of course, Chanel's Métiers d'Art collections themselves are historically reflections of the cities in which they're being shown. With the house now focusing on New York in the 1930s, we can expect for it to capture the much-romanticized hustle and bustle that the city embodied in that era, as it entered a modernized age.