Senegal, a rustic buzzing with inventiveness and artistry, proved to be the best setting for the gathering, which was impressed by what the model calls “a Nineteen Seventies spirit.” Inventive director Virginie Viard set the scene from the beginning – as attendees arrived on the former Palais de Justice, dancers from L’école Des Sables, crammed the doorway, performing choreographer Dimitri Chamblas’s “gradual present” (which he describes as a “a 20-minute intensive, collective dance whose actions are minute, exact, and concentrated—impressed by principal roots of trance, exultation, telepathy, and unconscious recollections.”) Because the dancers moved their our bodies with precision, bustling visitors had been stopped of their tracks, compelled to pause and totally soak up the magical second.
Subsequent, musician Obree Daman and his choir opened the present by joyfully singing “Salam Alaikum” (which interprets to “peace be unto you”). École des Sables adopted behind them, performing a mixture of conventional and up to date African dances. After which got here the style – the gathering provided a playful spin on ‘70s impressed seems to be, suppose figure-skimming flares with tunic tops, column knit attire, outsized knits and towering platform footwear, all made in heat, inviting colours. DJ DBN Gogo closed out the present by taking part in hypnotic sounds and because the final mannequin exited the runway, Viard appeared to a standing ovation after revealing a set that someway epitomized her modus operandi of “assembly, dreaming and constructing collectively, with others.”
December’s present was solely the start for Chanel’s relationship with Dakar. Starting in January, in partnership with Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN), La Galerie du 19M (a platform for exhibitions, conferences, discoveries and the sharing of practices) will come to Dakar for a particular residency specializing in embroidery and weaving trades open to most of the people. Chanel hopes to create an enduring affect and relationship with the Senegalese by quite a lot of different initiatives that can be introduced subsequent 12 months.