Chanel’s latest showing of its 2022-23 Métiers D’Art show was held in Tokyo, Japan after debuting last December in Dakar, Senegal. Aiming to forge new connections with the Tokyo art scene, Chanel invited ambassadors like Kristen Stewart and Caroline de Maigret along with local celebrities and influencers to attend the show.
Stewart attended the show in her signature edgy yet chic aesthetic, working with stylist Tara Swennen to craft a laidback yet stylish look, pairing a classic Chanel tweed miniskirt with a cropped t-shirt, layered necklaces, and long white socks.
Other notable guests include Blackpink’s Jennie, who made a surprise performance of “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Killing Me Softly” at the show while wearing a mod black and white Chanel minidress. Jennie has been a Chanel ambassador since 2018 and most recently made headlines while wearing the label on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
The event’s pre-show performances were a testament to Chanel’s efforts to combine French, Senegalese, and Japanese cultures. Before the show, Japanese guitarist Ichika Nito, alongside Senegalese rapper Nix, performed a tribute to Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died of cancer in March. Following the collection, Japanese artist Peli played a DJ set and French band Polo & Pan closed out the event.
To further Chanel’s relationship with the Tokyo art community, 350 students from local schools in Tokyo were invited to a talk hosted by Bruno Pavlovsky, the president of fashion at Chanel, the day following the show. Embroidery workshops were also offered in collaboration with Lesage and Montex embroiderers. As Chanel hopes to create a sustained dialogue with the Tokyo art scene, this is likely the first of many coordinated efforts to build a relationship between the brand and the city.