Karl Lagerfeld presented the 2018/19 Métiers d’art collection with the Temple of Dendur rising in the background

Karl Lagerfeld opened the show with variations on the super-scale jackets he first presented at Chanel’s Spring 2019 ready-to-wear show, but this time he cut the skirts to rise slightly in front in imitation of the shendyt, or wrap-around kilted skirt, worn by men in Ancient Egypt and so familiar from the period’s hieroglyphs.

In a further nod to the period, he layered these suits over slim, ankle-length sheath dresses of ivory gauze, like the kalasiris worn by Cleopatra and her ladies. Those famous Chanel tweeds were flecked with lustrous gold—Lagerfeld, who can never resist a play on words, called it luxe or to sound like the storied city on the Nile. (