Colección Métiers d’Art 2022/23

De Dakar a Tokio

La belleza de una colección Métiers d'Art de CHANEL tiene que ver con el encuentro, fuente esencial de la creación: el de los artesanos de la moda y los artesanos en primer lugar, pero también el encuentro con una ciudad, sus lugares, sus habitantes y las grandes figuras culturales que la animan.

Al presentar la Colección Métiers d'Art 2022/23 en Dakar el pasado mes de diciembre, y hoy en Tokio, CHANEL tiende puentes entre las principales capitales artísticas y reúne a artistas y personalidades de diferentes procedencias, dando cabida al florecimiento de nuevas conexiones e ideas creativas.

Photographs : Chikashi Suzuki Styling : Ibrahim Kamara

Nana Komatsu’s magnetic presence has graced the big screen for over a decade. From Paris to Dakar, Senegal, she views the world with a gaze that resembles her identity: liberated, bold, singular. An encounter with a great actress of her time.

YOU WERE IN DAKAR FOR THE CHANEL 2022/23 MÉTIERS D’ART SHOW. WHAT KIND OF MEMORIES DO YOU KEEP FROM THIS PLACE?

What I discovered was beyond my expectations. Dakar has an incredible energy. I was able to experience the energy and freedom that emerged from the place. The show made me look forward to the infinite possibilities and to the future of creation, and to the future of Dakar and CHANEL even more. It was a wonderful trip.

THE WORD “INDEPENDENT” OFTEN OCCURS WHEN WE READ ARTICLES ABOUT YOU. HOW DID YOU EARN THIS INDEPENDENCE?

Since I started acting at the age of twelve, I have had the personal desire to grow up fast, so I learned everything very quickly to reach my goals on my own. I love freedom, so I thought that if I became independent, I could be entrusted to do anything (laughs). Freedom is very important to me!

YOU’VE SAID THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO PLAY GABRIELLE CHANEL IN A MOVIE. WHY IS HER PERSONALITY SO INSPIRING TO YOU?

My first impression of Gabrielle Chanel was “What a cool lady!” Bold and honourable, she became my heroine since then. I like her attitude towards life and the way she thinks. She is the one who taught me that peoples’ inner energy affects their lives. It would be an honour to embody her, whom I admire so much.

In parallel to the Tokyo replica of the
2022/23 Métiers d’art show, the choreographer and close friend of the House Dimitri Chamblas presents a new variation of his Slow Show. Open to non-professionals, this touring work travels around the globe, moving from one world to another. It explores the fundamental notion of slowness everywhere.

Dispersed in the public space, as if stopped dead in their daily walk, a group of about fifty people move with infinitesimal slowness while the rest of the city continues to race forward.
This strange tableau vivant, which stretches time like an elastic band, comes from the imagination of Dimitri Chamblas, an artist inspired by the great diversity of bodies, attitudes, trajectories and identities contained in contemporary big cities.

We rarely take time to look at the slow, which we often confuse with an emptiness, calm or nothing.

Today, CHANEL is consolidating this international adventure that links performance, educational and societal commitment.
After a Senegalese edition performed in Dakar in December 2022 as an introduction to the 2022/23 Métiers d’art show, Dimitri Chamblas’ Slow Show will be presented in June 2023 as a portrait of Tokyo’s youth.

An encounter with a person, an art form, a world, an aesthetic, a philosophy: the objects we own, like the places that surround us, are memory capsules and fragments of life. We asked a writer, a director, as well as actors, musicians and models to tell their stories through objects, places and people that surround them or that they keep forever in their hearts.

MIEKO KAWAKAMI

Writer

CLOUDS.

Wherever I can see clouds, I wonder why they seem like memories. All the clouds are beautiful, at any time. No matter how hard you stare at them and hope they stay still, they are a fleeting vision that you can never hold in place.

Portrait © Osamu Yokonami

AI HASHIMOTO

Actor

ART FORMS.

Movies, music and literature are my three coming of-age experiences, especially Ghibli movies. I used to listen to the soundtracks at home and read novels by Kanako Nishi.

HIROKAZU KORE-EDA

Director

FILM.

My mom was apparently a film-lover when she was a child (before the war), and she showed me foreign films on TV when I was a kid. Rebecca by Alfred Hitchcock with Joan Fontaine, Waterloo Bridge by Mervyn LeRoy with Vivien Leigh, Casablanca by Michael Curtiz with Ingrid Bergman… I guess my mom liked Hollywood movies with gorgeous leading ladies.

Portrait ©Tamotsu Fujii

HIROYA SHIMIZU

Actor

MUSIC.

Music is a source of inspiration, a place where I can feel and share emotions. It adds colours to me when I’m feeling down and makes everything more intense when I’m experiencing an important moment. Music that my friends are creating is always there to teach me a lesson and push me forward.

Portrait © Tetsuo Kashiwada

MIZUKI KAYASHIMA

Actress

A NOTEBOOK.

My notebook holds years and years of things that really matter, including my most private thoughts I’ll never show to anyone, so I feel a little uncomfortable when I don’t have it around.

AOI YAMADA

Dancer

MY PEN PALS.

I love writing letters. It makes me so happy to sit down with a piece of paper, thinking of nothing but the people I’m writing to, and writing out my words to them by hand.

Portrait © Hisashi Ogawa
Wedding © mumuko

RINKO KIKUCHI

Actress

A PLACE.

Places where you go intuitively, places that expand your sensibility give you the opportunity to look back on yourself. Unexpectedly, the place where I practice art is nature. A few years ago, I visited Monument Valley in the USA, wrapped around a blanket, waiting for the sunrise in the dark and cold. As soon as the warm rays of light started to shine, it was one of those moments that leave you speechless.

Ahead of their performance for the
2022/23 Métiers d’art replica show in Tokyo, rapper Nix and guitar virtuoso Ichika Nito share their musical tastes. This playlist in the form of a double musical self-portrait is like a first step in the encounter between the two artists.

ACCORDING TO YOU, WHICH SONG HAS THE POWER OF UNITING PEOPLE?

IN : “Wax Wings”. This song is from Periphery’s (progressive metal band, ed. note) newly released record of 2023, and there is a tremendous sense of unity in this song.

N: I have to say three or four: Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World”, Bob Marley’s “One Love”, Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, and “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid (Nigerian singer and songwriter, ed. note), an undeniable milestone in the Afrobeats era. A timeless record in my opinion.

IF YOU HAD TO INTRODUCE YOURSELVES TO EACH OTHER THROUGH MUSIC, what would be the FIVE SONGs YOU WOULD use?

N: “Tout c’que j’ai” by me, “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix, “On & On” by Erykah Badu, “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid and “Bes” by Youssou N’Dour. I had a hard time making this list. It’s so hard to choose just five songs when you’ve been rocked by music all your life.

IN: “Awakening” and “I Miss You”, which are two of my tracks, “Codex” by Veil of Maya, Iron Maiden’s “Transylvania”, and “Transparent Soul” by Willow Smith.

A friend of the House of CHANEL, who dressed her at the last Oscar ceremony, Anne Watanabe opens up about her acting carreer and latest film, her interests in Japanese History and her favourite neighbourhood in Tokyo.

WE’LL SOON BE SEEING YOU IN THE THIRD PART OF THE KINGDOM SAGA (KINGDOM, UNMEI NO HONO), ADAPTED FROM THE MANGA OF THE SAME NAME. WHAT ROLE DO YOU PLAY IN IT?

Kingdom is set in ancient China, during the Spring and Autumn Warring States period, and tells the story of Shin, who aims to become the great commander in chief, and Ei Sei, the first king that aimed to unify the whole country. The film focuses on the people who had a major influence on each life. I play a black merchant who helped him a lot in his youth.

YOU YOURSELF ARE A "REKI-JO" – A JAPANESE FEMALE HISTORY BUFF – AND YOUR PARTICULAR INTEREST IS THE SHINSENGUMI SAMURAI GROUP IN JAPAN. WHAT MAKES YOU SO PASSIONATE ABOUT STUDYING THE PAST?

The Shinsengumi were around in the mid-19th century, in the Bakumatsu period. I’m interested in the Bakumatsu period because it seems to me to be both very close and very far away. I feel like it’s almost a fantasy world that we don’t have access to, and yet it’s only five generations old, we even have photos of it. But Japanese culture has changed so much since then, for example, the kimono, which is now an exceptional outfit, was worn every day back then. I find this dichotomy fascinating.

THIS REPLICA SHOW FOR THE 2022/23 MÉTIERS D’ART COLLECTION IS TAKING PLACE IN TOKYO, YOUR HOMETOWN: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE CITY?

The Jimbocho district, a historic center where many samurai lived and where you can see Edo Castle. It’s also full of old bookstores. What I like about leafing through books there is discovering stories you never knew existed. These works are a huge source of inspiration, even when you just pick them up, hold them and touch their paper.

Colección Métiers d’Art 2022/23

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