Celebs went for black and white… with very little underneath: SHANE WATSON gives her fashion verdict on the Chanel Metiers d’Art show in Manchester

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By Ketrin Agustine

Last year Chanel staged its annual Metiers d’Art show in Dakar on a boiling hot December day. 

This year the French fashion house transformed Thomas Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for one night only into a glass canopy-covered catwalk and the fashion front row and celebrity invitees were wrapped up against the freezing cold . . . some less than others.

Chanel chose the city that gave us The Smiths, New Order and Oasis for its vibrancy and pop culture connections; fittingly Gene and Lennon Gallagher, the sons of Oasis frontman Liam, were there in the front row representing the new generation of cool Britannias.

On the catwalk the clothes were colourful and uplifting in bright shades of orange, red, sky blue and green, but in the audience the mood was more subdued, classic Chanel with lots of black and white and quilted handbags.

British celebrities there for the show included one of the brand’s ambassadors, 63-year-old Tilda Swinton, elegant in a sharply tailored black double-breasted tweed coat from Chanel’s haute couture Autumn/Winter 23/24 collection, tightly buttoned over a starched white shirt.

Celebs went for black and white… with very little underneath: SHANE WATSON gives her fashion verdict on the Chanel Metiers d’Art show in Manchester

Kristen Stewart in a coat dress. This year the French fashion house transformed Thomas Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for one night only into a glass canopy-covered catwalk

British actress Lucy Boynton, 29, wore a next-season Chanel black and white spotted Pierrot style mini-dress, with striped white tights and white mary janes, while the model Laura Bailey, 51, wore this season’s classic longer jacket skirt suit in black and white checked tweed in a ladies-who-lunch fashion, her hair pulled tightly back in a black bow and a quilted Chanel bag on her shoulder.

Only Jenna Coleman, 37, bucked the black and white trend in a long brown wrap tweed coat with black boucle lapels from the fashion house’s Cruise 23/24 collection.

Coat dresses were out in force and the actress and brand ambassador Kristen Stewart, 33, put her signature edgy spin on a Chanel haute couture Spring/Summer 23 tweed coat dress, worn with nothing underneath and unbuttoned to well below her sternum.

‘With nothing underneath’ was a recurring theme of the night: the message was that the modern way to wear your Chanel tweed is against your skin with a dash of red lipstick.

Fashion fans: Gene and Lennon Gallagher attend the show this evening

Fashion fans: Gene and Lennon Gallagher attend the show this evening

Channelling Chanel: Jenna Coleman put on a glamorous display in a tweed coat

Channelling Chanel: Jenna Coleman put on a glamorous display in a tweed coat

Having fun! Lucy Boynton commanded attention in a Pierrot-style mini dress

Having fun! Lucy Boynton commanded attention in a Pierrot-style mini dress

Classic look: Model Laura Bailey wearing Chanel¿s jacket skirt suit in black and white checked tweed

Classic look: Model Laura Bailey wearing Chanel’s jacket skirt suit in black and white checked tweed

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