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10 Unexpected Styling Tricks from Chanel’s Métiers D’Art Show

10 Unexpected Styling Tricks from Chanel’s Métiers D’Art Show

Juergen Teller

For the uninitiated, Chanel’s Métiers d’art collection is its annual December showcase of its extraordinary dedication and commitment to craft. A tradition inaugurated in 2002, the collection features exemplars from the famed 10 workshops of Lesage, Lemarié, Desrues, Atelier Montex, Massaro, Maison Michel, Ateliers de Verneuil-en-Halatte, Goossens, Causse and Lognon, who provide the house with everything from hand-worked lace to fine embroidery, magnificent buttons to meticulous studwork, sensational hats to feathered fripperies.
For the 2020 edition, the brand took the traveling show to Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley. It inspired a loose “Renaissance” theme that encouraged artisanal minds to go wild: an elegant, black latticework dress was punctuated with studs, made by Lemarié; a damask dress was embroidered by Lesage; glitter-soaked platform sandals were crafted by Massaro. Not forgetting, as Virginie Viard added in a statement: “A big black hat by Maison Michel, for a look that is very Milady! I also asked the Atelier Montex to make embroideries from the castle in the style of a child’s toy in strass. Because I like everything to be mixed up, all the different eras, between the Renaissance and romanticism, between rock and something very girly, it is all very Chanel.” Below, the styling tricks to borrow from the Chanel Métiers d’art collection.
The Chanel two-piece gets an athleisure spin
Struggling to prise your limbs from their lockdown leggings? We bring glad tidings: Chanel’s trad two-piece now comes teamed with ’80s-style power walking tights in surprisingly shiny hues.

Seeking to update your winter coat? Just add pearls
As we all know, long ropes of pearls were a Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel signature. And they came down the chequerboard runway at Château des Dames (a nickname that points to the property’s predominantly female stewardship), looped over rich tweeds and deliciously cosy-looking knits – the simplest way to update a winter favourite. (History buffs will have enjoyed the renewed potency lent by the Renaissance surroundings: Catherine de’ Medici, who once owned the château, had a passion for pearls – her marriage trousseau included six ropes of some of the largest pearls ever seen, as well as 25 pear-shaped paragons.)

Try an unlikely colour combination
Teal and raspberry? Charming, on the evidence of Chanel’s two-bags-good approach to layering up accessories.
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Introducing the plush playsuit
The quickest way to inject tweed with a frisson of youth, according to Virginie Viard, involves baring some leg. Mini playsuits paired with cropped jackets comprised some of the stand-out looks in this collection: keep things ladylike with dainty ankle-strap shoes.

Belt up and breathe in
It’s the most instant of styling tricks that is nevertheless often overlooked: simply put, nothing makes a boxy jacket look sleeker than a waist-cinching belt – preferably one sporting the double-Cs logo.

Consider the after-dark belt
On the subject of belts, don’t underestimate the myriad glamorous uses for a jewel-encrusted chain style. While the heavenly glitter-inflected tweed two-piece of look 25 boasts all-eyes-on-me appeal all on its own, a delicate, twinkling belt at the waist never fails to enliven a silhouette.

Don gloves – and an ironic smile
There’s something wonderfully campy about gloves worn in modern-day settings: indulge in Chanel’s cultivated, lace-trim set and wear with denim for maximum irony.
Juergen Teller

Say yes to the hennin
Viard may have steered clear of the kitschy themes that came to dominate coverage of the late Karl Lagerfeld’s endlessly imaginative Chanel offerings, but don’t think for one moment that she isn’t capable of turning on the dramatics. Conical headgear crafted by Maison Michel was a witty update on Catherine de’ Medici’s penchant for classic black (she was known as the Black Queen, opting to wear the inky hue exclusively after her husband’s death). We say: doesn’t it look romantic?

Glitter shoes make everything happier
Is there anything more cheering than a pair of elegant, glitter-choked, evening shoes? Be playful: black cocktail dresses look best set against sparkle.

The return of the ribbon choker

Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2021 Show Will Now Be an Audience-Free Affair

Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2021 Show Will Now Be an Audience-Free Affair

Chanel Métiers d’Art collection 2020. Photo: Daniele Oberrauch / Gorunway.com

Chanel‘s Métiers d’Art show is returning next month, but it’s going to be a little different than initially expected. In light of France’s national lockdown, the highly anticipated fashion show will not only be an audience-free affair, but it will also be presented in a digital format.
The iconic maison recently announced its plans to go ahead with the Métiers d’Art show at the Château de Chenonceau in France on December 1, 2020, however, it will now be streamed online without any audience present. This year’s edition will see the spectacular French fortress, located in France’s Loire Valley, feature as the backdrop for the show; presenting creative director Virginie Viard’s second métiers collection as a cinematic experience.
The Métiers d’Art event is famed for showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of the couture-level suppliers that the Paris-based house has worked with over the years. The show will spotlight top-end embroiderers, feather makers, paruriers, pleaters, shoemakers, milliners, and glove makers in the collection.
Chanel Métiers d’Art collection 2020. Photo: Daniele Oberrauch / Gorunway.com

Over the past decade, Chanel has taken its Métiers d’Art show on a global tour, showcasing at glamorous locations including New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Shanghai. However, the annual outing returned to France last December following the passing longtime creative director, Karl Lagerfeld in February 2019.
During the pandemic, Chanel was one of the first major brands to return to the runway for a physical catwalk this year. The house has been vocal about the importance of traditional catwalk shows with its unparalleled ability of storytelling. Last month Viard invited 500 guests to witness Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection at the Grand Palais for Paris fashion week. The show saw Viard honor her love for film, as the Chanel logo morphed into the Hollywood sign in captivating style.

Although Chanel’s Métiers d’Art will not be welcoming guests, Viard‘s passion for storytelling is sure to be as compelling in digital as it would in real life.

The Métiers d’Art show will be available to stream on Chanel’s website and social media channels on December 3, at 10pm GST. 

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