S/ Was There: CHANEL’s Métiers d’Art Collection Celebrates Manchester’s Rich Musical Legacy

Against the bustling backdrop of Manchester’s Thomas Street, CHANEL‘s 2023/24 Métiers d’Art collection unfolded as a tribute to Gabrielle Chanel’s timeless elegance with a contemporary twist. 

Drawing inspiration from the city’s rich musical culture, Artistic Director Virginie Viard transformed tweed into a vivid canvas of emotions, setting the stage for a mesmerizing exploration of style and innovation.

Tweed served as a central theme in the collection, showcasing the maison’s vibrant reinterpretation. A bright palette including salmon pink, pumpkin, apple green, mustard, sky blue, and rust, creating a feminine and singular horizon. 

British influences were evident in wraparound skirts, Bermuda shorts, coat dresses in tweed, Shetland knitwear, denim, and cashmere. 

House ambassadors and friends of the brand, including former S/ cover star Lucy Boynton, Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton, Sofia Coppola graced Thomas Street in the city’s Northern Quarter. 

The star-studded evening also welcomed Mancunian royalty such as Anais, Lennon, and Gene Gallagher, as well as luminaries John Cooper Clark and Jeanette Winterson, with Manchester-born Karen Elson closing out the show. 

Celebrations continued at the historic venue Victoria Baths, where guests were treated to a special performance by Primal Scream

View gallery for an inside look at the guests in attendance and our favourite looks.