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Exhilarating and exuberant are words to describe the reshowing of the #CHANELMetiersdArt runway presentation. It took place on 1 June in the hub of creative effervescence that is the capital city of Japan.
Presented at Tokyo Big Sight, the show saw exquisite pieces in a profusion of colours and motifs. Inspired by the energy of the 1970s, Chanel’s artistic director Virginie Viard reinvigorated the emblematic codes of the house. It was a continuation of the long-term dialogue initiated in Dakar where the show was first unveiled last December.
Gracing the event was, of course, Chanel ambassador and BLACKPINK member Jennie Kim. She took to the after-party stage to perform a new version of her song ‘You and Me’, as well as a medley of her favourites, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and ‘Killing Me Softly’.
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Below, Jennie shares more about what she adores from the #CHANELMetiersdArt collection, as well as what she likes to do when she’s in Tokyo.
Q: How does it feel to go to Tokyo with Chanel?
A: Chanel’s show in a new space in Tokyo was a very fresh and new experience. I heard that Gabrielle Chanel had been inspired by Japanese embroidery, and I think it’s very meaningful for this collection to be replicated here.
Q: What is your favourite aspect of the city? How would you define the overall vibe of Tokyo?|
A: Tokyo has its own traditions and a vibe unique to the city, but at the same time adapts to new trends and cultures. Fashion-wise, Tokyo is always on top of new trends while sticking to its traditions.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re in Tokyo?
A: I love to explore the city, shop for cute things, and eat all different kinds of food.
Q: In 2021 you visited the embroidery ateliers of Lesage at le19M in Paris. How was this experience and why was it important for you to discover this exceptional know-how?
A: It was a very new experience for me and inspired me a lot. I was really impressed with the meticulous handcrafting, and it was so amazing to see how each piece was made. I could really feel how much effort went into everything.
Q: What are your three favourite looks or pieces from the #CHANELMetiersdArt collection and why?
A: The white lace dress that is shorter at the front than the back (look 54), the pieces with a sequin pendant as a signature point (look 2), and then the embroidery completed with dazzling sequins are my favourite in this collection because the atelier’s savoir-faire and the beauty of Dakar are so wonderfully incorporated.