Przemek Sobocki

Graduated as an Interior Designer at Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, studying also Fashion Design, then moved to London and eventually ended up in Tokyo. For his first illustration story the TOUCH for 125 magazine he receives Best Editorial 2005 at V&A Illustration Award, UK. Since then he works internationally as an illustrator and art director. Belongs to AVGVST management.

Metier d`Art CHANEL,Rila & Kaori, and the Shoes!!!


the SHOES – the dream one

While we have just witnessed Chanel chic-and-timeless houte-cuture show “New Vintage”, I`ve been still hounted by current Metier d`Art collection. I had opportunity to see it at the brand`s Press Office some time ago and now we all can admire it at the CHANEL boutiques all over the world.

I used to be fascinated by Coco Chanel and her life and the brand she established, I was reading about it, watching movies etc but it is recently I  realised I knew so little about the brand nowadays. Of course, following each collection was a must but it is really about watching new and new designs and trends and I have found it that it was a pretty… “shallow approach”. So to have an opportunity to see and to experience the collection pieces “face-to-face”, almost through magnifying glass, it was pretty incredible. And even more amazing was the fact that Metier d`Art collection is a very special one, a very particular one. The line was launched eight years ago to focus on French craftsmanship. CHANEL respects those artisan businesses so much that it now owns seven of them. And exactly those amazing hand-made art pieces, produced by the houses, are the core for this collection. This time it is called Paris- Bombay – as the city-travel theme is the base for some time now /before there was Shanghai or Moscow, e.g./. And even we have a lot Indian inspired pieces, mostly visible in jewellery pieces, it is not a real India here – it is a Mr Lagerfeld`s interpretation of it. I`ve read somewhere that apparently the designer never been to India, saying rather that “fantasy is better than reality”. Agree.

The show which took place in Paris last December was arranged into Indian tea-party with a very loooooooooong table filled with amazing silver tableware and flower petals. Very Magical. At the Tokyo CHANEL Press Office we could experience a mini version of it. Still magical.mirror clutch bag and Rila rocks a “bracelet”

What I can say, the pieces were very beautiful, especially the jewels and embroidery – the artism of each of them were pretty visible and just stunning.
And… there were the SHOES – black with golden details – kind of unisex, standing somewhere on the floor, I could say almost in the corner… just a perfect beauty. I know it is silly but it was one of those moments when you feel when something is an extension of yourself – your taste and somewhere deeper than that – even they are just a pair of shoes. I won`t say that I love them to avoid a cliche what fashion ppl would say – but embarrassingly I still do “dream” of them sometimes. No More Comments.

Just to mention: apart Metier d`Art CHANEL also shows pret-a-porter, houte-cuture and cruise collection each year.

henna tattoo inspired print and embroidered leather jacket /detail/

sequinned sari inspired dress /detail/ and sequinned flat ankle boots

together with Rila, Kaori /Commons&Sense/ and… Coco herself


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