Inside Chanel’s ”Métiers d’Art” Pre-Fall 2022/23 collection

This year, Chanel 2022/23 ”Métiers d’Art” collection took place in a unique place: the heart of the former Palace of Justice in Dakar.

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On December 8, Chanel presented the eagerly awaited Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2022/2023 fashion show at the Palais de Justice in Dakar.

Every December, the French luxury brand launches its Pre-Fall 2023 collection, known as “Métiers d’Art”, to celebrate the incredible work of artisans. The Métiers d’Art catwalk lasted three days and was part of a cultural event bringing together artists from different places, students, art lovers, fashion journalists and editors. Over the years, the “Métiers d’Art” have been presented in different places over the years, such as Paris, Shanghai, New York, Tokyo and Monte Carlo. Now, Senegal is the setting for the current fashion show and it was the first time Chanel, or any other European or American fashion brand, paraded in sub-Saharan Africa.

Chanel artistic director Virgine Viard said: “Beyond the catwalk, what I had in mind was the event as a whole. We’ve been thinking about it for three years. I wanted it to run smoothly, over several days of deep and respectful dialogue.”

The collection was inspired by the 1970s. Creative director Virginie Viard wanted to explore the 1970s to the fullest and Dakar is the perfect place because as an influential artistic capital on the international scene in all fields, Viard was able to take advantage of this and apply fresh and creative ideas based in Senegal to the collection. Virginie collaborated with friends of the Maison who live or work in Dakar to highlight the influential art scene, as well as the contemporary art, fashion, music and art communities.

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Backstage Chanel Pre-Fall 2022/23

The collection contains a renewed vision of her classic tweed and a rejuvenating commitment to accessories and embroidery. The embroidery work, with its clusters of camellias, intertwined pearls, forests of bejeweled buttons and dazzling sequins, harmonized with that of black or white coated and pleated lace.

Other important and indispensable elements of the parade were the dancing and music. On arrival, the audience was greeted with a Slow Show by École des Sables, choreographed by Dimitri Chamblas, which gave way to a performance by École des Sables dancers with singer Obree Daman, before DBN Gogo provided the musical finale to the show.

Virginie Viard said: “The former Palais de Justice in Dakar, where not only the fashion show but also a large part of the artistic program is held, is one of the most beautiful places where we have ever presented a collection. It was an obvious choice, and it has also been a source of inspiration.”

The collection celebrates fun and sophisticated fashion influenced by the pop/soul/funk era of the ’70s with shorts, ’70s collars, long coats, printed hippie looks, platforms, oversized and colorful sweatshirts embroidered with flowers, skirts and colorful tweed patterns. The lion motif seen on jewelry and handbags is a double reference to the coat of arms of Senegal and Coco Chanel’s logo. 

Details Chanel Pre-Fall 2022/23
Details Chanel Pre-Fall 2022/23

Everyday bags, such as the Classic Flap tote bag turned lunch box and the flat-length double handle bag, are also part of the collection. Most striking are the colors used: bold shades of red, orange and yellow. The models wore elegant pieces that combined prints, layered accessories and jeans adorned with Chanel’s signature motif. Below are the best looks from the runway.

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