Karl Lagerfeld and his muses invaded the Ritz in Paris for the Chanel Métiers d’Art show. And look who returned to the runway...
It wasn’t until Cara stepped out onto the ‘catwalk’, which was in fact the interior of The Ritz in Paris, that we realised how much we’d missed her. Decked in Chanel’s finest- a cream skirt suit adorned with camellias- and with fuchsia blooms in her hair, Cara Delevingne made a triumphant, and much welcome return to the runway. And she was in good company.
Lily-Rose Depp, Sofia Richie and Lottie Moss made their first appearances in Chanel’s model line-up, alongside the likes of Georgia May Jagger, Pharrell Williams, Sam Rollinson, actress Ellie Bamber and, of course, Hudson Kroenig. We’re still jealous of an eight year-old boy.
Entitled ‘Paris Cosmopolite’, this Pre-Fall, Chanel Métiers d’Art collection felt particularly poignant. Coco Chanel herself used to reside in The Ritz, while it also marked a homecoming of sorts. We’ve seen Lagerfeld take the Chanel train to Cuba, Seoul and Dallas but, in what’s been a particularly terrifying year for Paris, he chose to take the fashion house back to its roots. “I think it’s not a bad thing for Paris, given all the Paris bashing, which I’m very much against,” Lagerfeld told WWD.
There were three shows throughout the day at lunch, tea and supper, where guests were provided with all sorts of delicious treats as they watched Cara lead her fellow models, weaving their way around the tables. This was everything Chanel does best: elegant, feminine and a fusing of modernity with tradition. The tweed was, naturally, out in full force, but this time it was paired with a puffer jacket. Banish any thoughts of brightly coloured nylon, however; this was a Chanel puffer jacket, after all. It came in the creamiest of wools, adorned with a glittering Eiffel Tower. Anything Balenciaga can do…
At 83, Lagerfeld remains at the very top of his game, seemingly always one step ahead. The new, Insta generation of Chanel girls only helps to reinforce the label’s relevance. But while he has famously said he never looks to the past, only to the future, Lagerfeld’s inspiration, for this collection at any rate, was steeped in the glamour and sophistication of the Paris of a bygone era.
“For me, it’s a certain idea of Paris: Gabrielle Chanel, the Ritz, the Hemingway Bar. This is the kind of Paris everyone would like to bring back,” Lagerfeld said. Yesterday, he did just that.