On December 8th, CHANEL’s 2022/2023 Métiers d’Art collection was presented amongst a stunning display of plant motifs at Palais de Justice Dakar in Dakar, Senegal. The colourful collection featured a fantastic mix of patterns, layered accessories, tweed suits with flared bottoms, denim adorned with the iconic CHANEL motif, platform shoes, and classic black and white looks decorated with crystal ties. CHANEL’s Creative Director, Virginie Viard, took inspiration from the 1970s with the intention of showing the bursting energy from the time embodied by a jubilant woman and adding rhythm to the wearer which is seen throughout the collection.
Another large element of this runway show was music and dance. Upon arrival, the crowd walked into a welcome from Slow Show by École des Sables, choreographed by Dimitri Chamblas, then lead to the École des Sables dancers joining singer Obree Daman for a performance before DBN Gogo gave a musical finale to close out the show. Viard’s intention has always been to collaborate with others, which is what initiated the conversation three years ago to present the Métiers d’Art collection in Dakar. CHANEL worked with friends of the House that live or work in Dakar to highlight the influential artistic scene, as well as the fashion, music, and contemporary art communities. The runway show was part of a three-day program that welcomed artists, students, editors, and designers as the starting point for an ongoing exchange between CHANEL and Senegal.
View the gallery for our top looks from the collection.