Everything You Need to Know About Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Show in Manchester

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Dig­i­tal Fash­ion Edi­tor, Eve Fitz­patrick

Thomas Street in North­ern Quar­ter, Man­ches­ter has become the fash­ion stage of the moment, as Chanel pre­sent­ed their Métiers d’Art col­lec­tion to the world. 600+ guests includ­ing notable fash­ion leg­ends such as Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Anna Win­tour sat in the rainy front row, set amongst shops includ­ing a mas­sage par­lour and a tat­too shop.

The Collection

The brands sig­na­ture tweed was in full force, with ele­ments of Manchester’s aes­thet­ic trick­ling its way through the col­lec­tion in the form of leather looks, black lace and shell jack­ets. Cash­mere scarves, skirts and sweaters imprint­ed with Man­ches­ter iconog­ra­phy were the most unique ele­ment to the show, and no doubt will become a collector’s item to Mancunians.

Why is Chanel presenting their show in Manchester?

Tak­ing to their Insta­gram, Chanel detailed Man­ches­ter as being “one of the most effer­ves­cent cities and an avant-garde one, whose brands, span­ning all gen­res, have changed the his­to­ry of music.”

This deci­sion is no doubt a nod to Manchester’s noto­ri­ous and pro­found his­to­ry in tex­tiles and man­u­fac­tur­ing. The brand also has past links to the city that could hint as to why Man­ches­ter became their stage of choice. Coco Chanel’s decade long affair with the Duke of West­min­ster involved fre­quent vis­its to the north­ern city, with the race­course and Eaton Hall in Cheshire being favoured loca­tions of the couple.

Manchester’s pres­ence in the world of media has been ever grow­ing over the past few years, and hous­ing one of the most notable fash­ion brands in the world has the poten­tial to firm­ly put the city on the map of the fash­ion world.

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