FLASHback: Chanel - Pre FW2015 Paris-Salzburg

Karl Lagerfeld is always so onto-the-next-thing pragmatic about his work that it's hard to detect when—or if—he is ever really touched by what he does. But his latest Métiers d'Art show in celebration of the thrilling craftsmanship of Chanel's artisans moved him.

The capelets, frogged jackets, and side-striped trousers echoed a Viennese military academy. It was one of those jackets, transmuted into the uniform of a hotel page in Salzburg's Mittersill Hotel, that inspired Chanel's signature little black jacket (though it was more often white, Lagerfeld pointed out). There were plenty of them in the show, too.