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Chanel Métiers d’art 2023-24 Gains Momentum From Manchester

Last week in England, Chanel debuted its latest Métiers d’art fashion collection.

Eliza Jordan

11 December 2023

Chanel Métiers d’art travels to Manchester

Last week in Manchester, England, Chanel welcomed the world to its Métiers d’art 2023-24 collection. Presented through a fashion show in the heart of Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter, the new line was centered on tweed—a contemporary take on a classic fabrication with bright colors, new proportions, and embellished patterns. 

“Tweed is central to this collection,” said Creative Director Virginie Viard. “I thought a lot about Gabrielle Chanel but I didn’t want to recreate Coco’s look, when she was wearing the Duke of Westminster’s jackets. I took my cue from the Coco who brought color to her tweeds. I added a vibrant, pop spirit to them.”

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Chanel Métiers d’art inspired by music culture

On Thomas Street, we saw her artistic vision play out in an array of suits, skirts, handbags, and accessories that brought Mademoiselle Chanel into the modern day. At dusk, a fleet of models showcased the latest palette—from salmon pink and apple green to sky blue and rust red—that complemented the house’s art of tailoring. Topstitched panels graced jacket pockets; skirts and tops were crafted from the same fabric as the insides of coats; and chains adorned the tips of jackets. 

In Manchester, where music has permeated culture so deeply, this also presented a relatable edge for both those in attendance and those who appreciate its influence. “For me, Manchester is the city of music, added Viard. It incites creation.”

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English style for global fashion

In the new line, visions of Great Britain and its contemporary spirit were seen through new styles—from miniskirts with godets worn low at the hip to wraparound skirts and Bermuda shorts paired with studded belts and bright sunglasses. For the cooler months, we also made note of cashmere coat dresses worn snuggly with boots; jackets with feathers, pants with pleats, and vests with floral embroidery work; and teapot, vinyl records, and more dainty florals adding fun and geographical flair to the elegant collection. Rounding out the new looks were jeans, leather items, babydoll nightgowns, and a suite of Mary Jane shoes—all tied to Manchester’s dynamic scene, from angsty music halls to the calm English countryside. 

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Chanel Supports Exhibition at Victoria Baths

In celebration of the new Métiers d’art collection, an exhibition named “Manchestermodern: past present future” (December 8–10) was also held at the Victoria Baths in Manchester—a 117-year-old former public swimming pool that hosts activations like concerts, soirées, and exhibitions. Collaboratively created by Factory International, and Katie Lyall and Charlotte Stockdale—the founders of CHAOS SixtyNinethe show is open by reservation, and made possible by the support of Chanel. Inside, Manchester’s cultural heritage is explored through music, poetry, literature, photography, handcraftsmanship, and more.

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