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Chanel Metiers d'Art: Manchester Street Transformed into Runway


On Thursday, a Manchester street turned into a global fashion showcase as Chanel, the French luxury brand, hosted its Metiers d'Art presentation. Celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Hugh Grant, and Tilda Swinton joined models on Thomas Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter for this iconic event.


Celebrities and fashionistas gathered in Manchester, with a Perspex canopy shielding them from the rain. The choice of Manchester for a Chanel show surprised many, but the company's president, Bruno Pavlovsky, praised the city for its "creative energy" and musical history. The Metiers d'Art event showcased Chanel's admiration for Manchester's inspiring atmosphere.


The event's soundtrack featured Manchester bands The Fall and New Order, along with local rappers Aitch and Bugzy Malone. Actors Jenna Coleman, Callum Scott Howells, and Lucy Boynton were among the 600 guests. The venue choices, including a bar taken over by Chanel, highlighted Manchester's mix of history and modernity.


Chanel's investment in Manchester raised questions about the economic impact. While the company reimbursed businesses for closures during the event, the exact amount spent remains undisclosed. Councillor Luthfur Rahman stated that the event is "great for Manchester" and demonstrates the city's global appeal.


Chanel's new collection, inspired by "emotional poetry with a dash of the sixties," showcased ideas of Great Britain. The fashion pieces included tweed, Shetland, and cashmere, paying tribute to Manchester's footballing history with nods to Manchester City and Manchester United.


The Metiers d'Art event in Manchester followed previous locations such as Paris, New York, Rome, Dakar, Salzburg, and Dallas. Attendees watched the spectacle from wooden tables lining the street, reminiscent of the city's industrial history.


Guests arrived a day early to watch a football match at Old Trafford and attended pre-show and after-party events at iconic Manchester locations, including Salford Lads' Club and Victoria Baths.


Edited by: Marina Ramzy Mourid

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