CHANEL METIERS D’ART SHOW: TAKING CRAFTMANSHIP FROM DAKAR TO TOKYO
After its debut show held in Dakar last December, Chanel’s latest 2022-23 Métiers d’Art show was restaged again in Tokyo, which brought the Tokyo art and pop culture scenes to light.
The collection gave off a sweet 1970s spirit, seen in the warm, deep colors used in the intricately worked tweeds and geometric embroideries of beads and sequins. The house’s signature touch was primarily evident in the flared trouser suits in textured tweeds and floral-motif flowing dresses. The outfits fully showcased the brand’s stylistic touch through the Métiers d’Art artisans' craftsmanship and creation.
Given that this show was the restage of the Métiers d’Art collection that took place in Dakar, Senegal last December, the looks drew inspiration from the lively city of Dakar. With its unique thriving culture and heritage, Dakar’s natural landscape was referenced in touches of earthy green, woody brown, and loud cheetah prints. Colorful patchwork and embroideries in warm color palettes worked seamlessly with the emblematic codes of Chanel, including camellias, intertwined pearls, and jeweled buttons. With everything combined, the collection spoke of a funky, punk vibe enveloped in youthful, energetic freedom.
The show was also notable for the pop icon guests who attended the event, including the brand ambassadors like Kristen Stewart, Asia icons like BLACKPINK Jennie, and local celebrities like Nana Komatsu.
Aside from fashion, it also spotlighted the worlds of dance, art, and music which brought together French, Senegalese, and Japanese cultures. Japanese guitarist Ichika Nito kicked off the event with Senegalese rapper Nix where they performed a tribute to Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. The series of performances was later followed by a dance performance of Slow Show by dancers from Tokyo’s Tama University of Fine Arts, and BLACKPINK Jennie’s medley on “Fly me to the Moon” and “Killing me Softly.”