After last year's Moscow extravaganza, Chanel's head designer Karl Lagerfeld relocated to Shanghai last week to present his yearly Maison d'Arts collection at the label's freshly inaugurated boutique at the Peninsula Hotel. As in past years, 'King Karl' has documented his creation process meticulously -- videos can now be watched on YouTube.

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After last year's Moscow extravaganza, Chanel's head designer Karl Lagerfeld relocated to Shanghai last week to present his yearly Maison d'Arts collection at the label's freshly inaugurated boutique at the Peninsula Hotel. As in past years, 'King Karl' has documented his creation process meticulously - videos can now be watched on YouTube.

Beginnings - After a nostalgic black-and-white opening, the 'Kaiser' is shown sketching the first drafts for the collection.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDfBt-59C8I

Fittings - Models show Lagerfeld the first results of his work.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxnZ2VRj8IQ&NR=1

Fine tuning - Whatever the label's creative head decides is implemented in Chanel's Paris 'ateliers.'

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqhlaAjaNcw

Shooting the movie - Coco Chanel never made it to Shanghai herself, even though she imagined the place as very inspiring. Lagerfeld tried to capture her relationship with the city in a new short movie, which he can be seen directing here.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6h0-bc_kEU

More fittings - The collection starts to take shape.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ7DPEE0duw

Working overtime - This is where the 'Art' in 'Maison d'Art' comes from.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycaLv3PJoRk

Fit for the press kit - Lagerfeld photographs the collection for the press, as always with a little help from his 'muse du jour,' Baptiste Giabiconi.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9rQld2O8DU

Leaving on a jet plane - Chanel's staff gets ready for the departure to China.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ1ldrHqLHc

Shanghai impressions - The team arrives in the metropolis.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMVKga7Gotc

Accessorize - Lagerfeld decides which accessories make it on the final runway.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7whsoPWw6Ck

Getting ready - This short summary of the actual fashion show also gives you a few glimpses of the backstage scenery.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn2hVkJJ3lI

The show - Lagerfeld's favorite models including Jessica Stam, Heidi Mount, Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw paraded down the runway in richly embellished creations inspired by Asian art and antiques. While the clothes didn't fail to impress, the Kaiser's 'yellow-face' make-up for the girls caused hot debate this week.

Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZGbVh-KWs

Part 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiVe6euHXbc

 

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