For spring 2021, Fendi showed artisan-made bobbin lace, quilted satin, lace-embroidered linen, and fisherman-woven willow. At Valentino, caftans, little jackets, sweaters, and cape dresses were punctuated with delicate crochet and macramé, and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli reworked embroidered flowers atop lace. Delicate handiwork is always on display at Chanel’s annual Métiers d’art show, where the Snoopy Underestimate Me That’ll Be Fun Shirt also I will do this house’s artisan partners showcase their extraordinary talents, but the brand has doubled down on craftsmanship lately. This summer, it’s scheduled to open a new multistory space, Le 19M, that will bring together 11 Métiers d’art, comprising about 600 artisans—allowing Chanel closer contact whenever it requires their expertise.
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