Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show returns on December 3, 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 announced its plans to go ahead with the Métiers d’Art show at the Château de Chenonceau in France, however, the show will 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.
Over the past decade, Chanel has taken its Métiers d’Art show on a global tour, presenting at glamorous locations including New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Shanghai. However, the annual outing returned to France last December following the passing of longtime creative director, Karl Lagerfeld in February 2019.
During the pandemic, Chanel was one of the first major brands to return for a physical runway, with the house being 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.