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CHANEL'S METIERS D'ART 2024 SHOW UNVEILS A FUSION OF ELEGANCE AND REBELLION IN THE HEART OF MANCHESTER

Exploring the Intersection of Fashion and Culture: Chanel's Métiers d'Art 2024 Exhibition and Manchester Modern Showcase

22.12.2023
BY YUKE RATNA
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Under the vibrant St Thomas Street, the heart of Manchester, Chanel's Métiers d'Art 2024 show unfolded in a spectacular display of fashion, music, and creative energy. The iconic French Maison embraced the dynamic exchange between the city's rich musical heritage and its influence on modern style, creating a collection that resonates with Manchester's vibrant pop culture.

The star-studded showcase not only celebrated the heritage of Chanel but also liberated femininity from conventional norms. The latest collection artfully blended feminine and masculine elements, creating a visionary style that transcends time and trends. Against the backdrop of Manchester's autumnal charm, the collection radiated with a burst of vibrant colors, showcasing the Maison's commitment to the hidden youthful spirit.

Chanel's Creative Director, Virginie Viard, expressed the central role of tweed in this collection, emphasizing a departure from Coco Chanel's traditional styles. "While contemplating Gabrielle Chanel, I aimed to avoid replicating Coco’s style during her time with the Duke of Westminster’s jackets. Instead, I drew inspiration from the vibrant Coco who infused color into her tweeds," Viard explained.

The opening ensemble showcased impeccable tailoring in classic textures, setting the tone for the collection. Knee-length and mini skirts adorned the models, while cycle shorts under coats and Beatle caps added a touch of youthful exuberance. The fusion of classic and modern elements continued to unfold throughout the show.

The collection's second segment paid homage to the 1960s Chanel era, featuring black patent leather dresses with rain-spattered effects and rebellious baby-doll dresses adorned with safety pins and vinyl-record jet embroidery. Viard's passion for this era was evident, capturing the rebellious spirit while maintaining Chanel's timeless elegance.

In a playful twist, Chanel incorporated nods to Manchester's renowned football culture, with models sporting Chanel-branded Manchester City shirts and scarves in Manchester United colors. This infusion of local flair showcased Chanel's commitment to embracing new challenges and connecting with the vibrant spirit of the city.

The collection's warmth and playfulness were amplified by the use of textures like tweed, Shetland knitwear, and cashmere. These elements, combined with playful nods to British culture, created a collection that was both authentic and modern. Chanel's Métiers d'Art 2024 collection emerged as a celebration of British style, the vibrancy of Manchester, and the poetry of emotions—a must-have for modern women appreciating timeless style with a touch of rebellion.

Beyond the runway, Chanel hosted the ManchesterModern: Past, Present, Future exhibition from December 8th to 10th, exploring Manchester’s creative spirit. The exhibition showcased art from photography to crafts, supported by Chanel, allowing visitors to engage in embroidery workshops with the fashion house's artisans. This celebration of Manchester's legacy and artistic vibrancy further solidified Chanel's commitment to the cultural tapestry of the city.

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