With a runway show that takes place outside the traditional fashion schedule, each year, Chanel turns to a different location to pay tribute to the workshops that provide the house with everything from lace to silver buttons and fine embroidery work. After Rome last year, Salzburg in 2014 and previous shows in Dallas, Edinburgh, Mumbai and New York, Chanel will be staying at home for Métiers d’Art 2016 and showing at Gabrielle Chanel’s former home, the newly re-opened Ritz, in Paris, December 6. Step inside the ateliers themselves, for the story behind the house’s relationship with Lesage, Desrues, Lemarié, Maison Michel, Massaro and the other houses that make up the Métiers d’Art partner network.
Chanel’s new Metiers d’Art Paris in Rome 2017 bags hit stores today, and we have the collection’s lookbook, which includes nearly four dozen bag. The bags are, of course, totally beautiful and many are wonderfully detailed, and in that regard, they really don’t need any explanation.
As with all of luxury Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collections, this one is themed around the place where the debut show was held. In this case, that means that some of the bags are theoretically supposed to have a bit of an Italian inflection, but more than that, the collection seems to recall a particular era of Italian film.