Chanel 2016 Métiers d’Art Collection Pre-Fall

FAIR PLAY: Chanel has issued an apology to a knitwear designer who is based in Fair Isle, Scotland, after the label used one of her designs in its Métiers d’ Art show, presented in Rome last month.

The French-Venezuelan designer Mati Ventrillon took to social media to express her concern after seeing two of her designs appear on the Chanel catwalk in Rome.

Earlier this year, two members of the Chanel design team had visited the designer in Fair Isle, northern Scotland, and purchased two of her intarsia sweaters for research purposes. The island is known for its traditional knitting techniques, and for its handmade patterned sweaters.

Chanel has since apologized to Ventrillon and will also credit the designer as a source of inspiration, putting “Mati Ventrillon design” on the garments’ labels.

“Chanel recognizes that this situation resulted from a dysfunctionality within its teams, and has presented its apologies. Chanel also recognizes the heritage and know-how of Fair Isle. We wish to emphasize that the house is extremely vigilant in terms of its respect for creativity, whether its own or that of others,” said a spokeswoman.

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