Shivani Pathak
On December 3, Chanel unveiled its annual Métiers d’art collection for 2020/21 through a video that streamed live on its social media. Every December since 2002, the French luxury fashion house has been unveiling a collection to pay homage to the small specialist workshops that it has been acquiring since 1984 to preserve the craftsmanship associated with French luxury.
This ready-to-wear edit celebrates the skills of the artisans and highlights the creative dialogue between Virginie Viard, Artistic Director of Chanel and the Maisons d’art.
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American actress Kristen Stewart was the only guest who physically attended the show owing to the COVID- 19 restrictions in France. The Twilight star has been the ambassador and a muse for the luxury brand ever since she starred in her first Paris-Dallas 2013/2014 Métiers d’art campaign. She has worked with Viard’s predecessor Karl Lagerfeld and has also lauded Viard for her designs and work in the past.
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart at the show. Source: Instagram/Chanel
The collection was dominated by black and white, the styles evoking the charm of the Renaissance era complete with ruffles, statement jewelled belts and pearls set in tweed and velvet fabrics.
Models strutted down wearing a mix of black skirts, bold knit dresses, statement sweaters and the reinterpreted signature CHANEL suit-body with trendy jackets.
Paired with the outfits were coveted Chanel jewels and accessories that complimented the colour palette well. The royal gallery with its black and white tiling and medieval lighting served as the perfect setting for the models to exhibit the collection which will be available for buying by June 2021.

 

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The 2020/21 Métiers d’art show was held at the Château de Chenonceau, located in the Loire Valley in France, also known as “Le Château des Dames” (Ladies’ Castle). The castle has been linked with the legendary women who lived there including Diane de Poitiers, a prominent courtier as well as King Henry II’s royal mistress and adviser until his death, and Catherine de’ Medici, an Italian noblewoman who was married to King Henry II and therefore the queen consort of France.

According to a report in Harper’s Bazaar, both these women inspired Coco Chanel. The latter’s monogram of two interlaced Cs also bearing a striking resemblance to Chanel’s double C logo.

 

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