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Chanel's Lagerfeld channels ancient Egypt with mini-Met Gala

A shiny and glamorous version of ancient Egypt ruled the evening — with entertainment royalty on the runway, too — as Chanel brought its traveling fashion show to New York and the famed Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld, a lover of lavish spectacles, chose the dramatic venue for his 17th annual "Metiers d'Art" show, which takes place in a different city each year and celebrates the craftsmanship of the artisans that partner with Chanel.

The imposing temple, completed in about 10 B.C., is a highlight of the Met's collection and a favorite site of the museum's annual spring fashion gala. Indeed, the Chanel show felt like a...