As the virtual world has taken precedence over the last two years, the return of physical events have been returning slowly but surely and Chanel’s Métiers d’art collection was the latest to be presented with a physical audience.
The show was held in a venue continually championed by the Maison, le19M, in Paris, France, which was reimagined with its vast façade as it was held on December 7, 2021.
With haute couture at its epitome, a trailer of the collection was revealed prior to the show featuring eight models wearing the house’s timeless creations.
The brand’s core staples continue to be a part of this collection. From tweed jackets to embroidered material, the pieces represented the modern yet sophisticated woman of today. With a host of covetable pieces in the collection, each silhouette was created for a seasonless approach.
By embodying neutral hues, the accessories were adorned with details reminiscent of a bygone era. Featuring pearls, sequins and leather gloves, these iconic pieces boldly blended with each look.
“I wanted each model, drawn by a different illustrator, to represent one of the Maisons d’Art and evolve in a little story inspired by a Chanel icon,” Chanel’s creative director, Virginie Viard, said. “I wanted to illustrate each House as best as possible, but with a twist.
“Many of the embroideries are inspired by the structure of the building itself, such as those by Montex, which are very graphic and in silver sequins.”
Bringing all the talented artisans together from around the world, the Métiers D’Art was initiated by Coco Chanel herself, where several embroiders, goldsmiths, glove makers, tanners, leatherworkers and more to create luxurious pieces that will last through the passage of time.
Adding to the sophisticated aura of the show was an intuitive masterclass led by Chanel’s president of fashion activities, Bruno Pavlosky, where 200 students had the opportunity to learn from him. Several keynote speakers also contributed from the likes of Pharell Williams to Caroline de Maigret, who shared their overall vision.
The purpose of this initiative was to shed light on the young creatives of today and enhance their talent for a creative tomorrow, to preserve their longstanding heritage.
Watch the Chanel Métiers d’art 21/22 collection here
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