The latest annual Chanel Métiers d’art show was held in Le19M, a brand new complex housing the specialist maisons owned by the label under its Paraffection arm, which aims to preserve the skills and traditions integral to the making of haute couture. The demi‐couture Métiers d’art collection serves as a showcase for the artisanal wizardry of these maisons and the latest is one of Virginie Viard’s most craft‐intensive yet. The building’s graphic concrete façade—somewhere between a grid and a web; hulking, but also delicate—informed the collection’s clean lines, which Viard enriched with lush textures. There are embroideries from Montex and Lesage, flowers and feathers from Lemarié, and costume jewels from Goossens. The opulence carries over to the accessories, of which the most exciting are the brand’s classic Flap and Boy bags—shrunken down to mini sizes, their surface detail dialled way up with beads and sequins in dazzling, intricate patterns. The clincher? They’re available as a collector’s set—housed in a gorgeous quilted leather box.
The Métiers d’art collector’s box set is $94,940 and is available at Chanel, #01‐25 to 29 Ngee Ann City (tel: 6645 1900).