Chanel’s flagship catwalk show is set to take place in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, according to reports.
The fashion brand confirmed in the summer that its Metiers D’art – which will feature models like Naomi Campbell – will be held in the city in December, without revealing the exact location.
But The Mill, a regional journalism start-up, has reported it will be held on Edge Street, in the Northern Quarter from Dec 7 to 10.
Chanel has refused to comment on the report.
The Mill’s article, written by Mollie Simpson and Shikhar Talwar, reports interviewees claiming they have been asked to keep it a secret, while other businesses anonymously reveal a deal they have agreed upon to close their business while the fashion company operate there.
One Edge Street manager told the site the entire street will be closed for the event, with an outdoor audience being able to view the spectacle form there. Another said the agreement was “verbal” only and that the show could still take place elsewhere.
The Northern Quarter is central to Manchester’s culture and is a hotspot for street-art, some of the best bars and restaurants has even been used as a filming location for Peaky Blinders.
Manchester’s history has been entangled with the fashion industry, as the city which spawned the industrial revolution, and consequently having designed a red velvet silk ball for the company in 1931, while historian Benjamin Wild claims 80% of cotton and yarn came from Manchester.