Karl Lagerfeld has taken us on many fashion field trips over the past few seasons. We’ve been to the supermarket, witnessed a feminist march in a Parisian street and now, we’ve just discovered the most stylish brasserie on the block. Yup, for AW15, Chanel opened its very first French eatery. The Grand Palais was transformed as the front row watched from their tables, and a grand bar, fully stocked with champagne and croissants, provided the catwalk with an impressive centrepiece.
And who was the first to strut her stuff around ‘Brasserie Gabrielle’ (named, of course, in honour of Gabrielle Chanel herself)? None other than Cara Delevingne, making a welcome comeback to the catwalk after having been FROW-side for many shows, and notably absent from the others. But, if anyone could lure her back it’s Monsieur Lagerfeld, and he did so with a new uniform of tweed skirt suits, sheer LBDs and slingback, two-tone court shoes.
Right behind Cara was Kendall Jenner, in a black quilted skirt and matching, oversized jacket, while the rest of the model army was trussed up in wool, tweeds, frills and even diamond-embellished fringing. There was plenty of leather, a sumptuous clash of textures throughout, coin chain belts and pearls. One look even included a pair of jeans, worn with a velvet top and shoulder-robed cardi. And, next season’s cult clutch will undoubtedly be the dish-shaped bags designed to look like plates, stamped with the ‘Brasserie Gabrielle’ moniker.
Hair and make-up had a distinctly ’60s feel with cat-eye flicks and headbands worn in up-dos, while Cara sported a slicked side-parting and dramatic dark eyes. As the models made their final march, they all took a seat in the cafe, with Kendall and Cara occupying the bar as they chatted, swapped kisses with the waitor and grabbed a snack while Karl made his bow.
That’s possibly the most exciting fashion feast we’ve had for a while. In which other restaurant would you ever find Anna Wintour taking selfies with Mario Testino at one table (yes, really!), while Kris Jenner mingles with Poppy Delevingne at the bar? It could only ever happen at ‘Brasserie Gabrielle’, and we’re definitely interested in booking a table, pronto.
By Hannah Banks-Walker