Chanel To Stage Métiers d’Art Show Without Audience Amid French Lockdown

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The finale of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art in December, 2019. Courtesy

Chanel is moving ahead with plans to stage its Metiers d’Art fashion show next month, but is scuttling plans to invite an in-person audience due to France’s nationwide lockdown to stall the spread of Covid-19.

The show, set to be filmed December 1st at the Chateau de Chenonceau in France’s Loire Valley, will be steamed online December 3.

Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collection aims to spotlight craftsmanship from more than a dozen top-end suppliers the Paris-based company has acquired over the years, including feather specialist Lemarié, embroiderer Lesage, and Scottish knitwear brand Barrie.  The brand has frequently staged glitzy destination shows for the annual outing in cities like New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Hamburg.

France’s coronavirus numbers have fallen from their peak earlier in November, and lockdown measures including the closure of all non-essential retail could loosen from December 1. But restrictions are not expected to be fully rolled back. Daily new cases remained as high as 21,150 Thursday.

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