PARIS — Chanel has rescheduled its Métiers d’Art show, due to take place in Paris on Dec. 5, because of a national strike expected to start that day. The house said on Thursday it would hold the show a day early on Dec. 4 instead.
It’s not the first time social upheaval has forced a luxury house to alter its plans. In January, Dior moved its men’s show forward by a day due to the “gilets jaunes,” or yellow vests, antigovernment protests.
The December strike promises to be a major stand-off between the government and unions, with railway workers, public transport staff, airline ground crew, teachers and postal workers set to stage a coordinated walkout against plans to reform the French pension system.
Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2019-20 collection will be the first designed exclusively by Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld’s longtime right hand, who took over creative direction of the house following the designer’s death in February.
The collection traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for New York for Chanel Métiers d’Art 2018-2019 and Lagerfeld’s native Hamburg, Germany, in 2017. It hadn’t been presented in France since the Paris Cosmopolite collection at the Ritz in 2016, in honor of the luxury hotel’s reopening.
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