Fashion sobbed when the Paris Ritz—the legendary hotel beloved by the star-studded likes of Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Cole Porter, and Ernest Hemingway (who liberated the bar of Nazi soldiers and promptly ordered champagne)—shuttered four years ago for a multi-million dollar renovation. Forced to seek refuge elsewhere while in town for PFW (the horror!), the reopening this past June was cause for great celebration amongst high-ranking editors and the jet-set elite.
The makeover of the luxe landmark (where Coco Chanel took up residence during World War II and died in 1971) also appears to have inspired Karl Lagerfeld and his Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection. Mere steps from the French house’s headquarters on Rue Cambon, the designer sent shimmery sequins, lavish tweeds, frilly feathers, and strands upon strands of pearls down the runway at the Ritz, paying homage to “cosmopolitan ladies of the thirties” who once sauntered through the hotel’s storied halls, explained hairstylist Sam McKnight.
Today’s show, however, was an exercise in how today’s high-society It girls (including celeb spawn like Sofia Richie, Sistine Stallone, and Selah Marley) might work a birdcage veil, oversized silk and tulle flowers, or a classic black grosgrain ribbon. “I think the modern way to wear a bold hair accessory (or five!) is with an underdone, relaxed style—a loose ponytail or an easy updo,” said McKnight, who backcombed roots for extra “grip” and texturized “loose, looped” tails to add an element of ease. Add to that a graphic band of crisp white liner, groomed brows, and velvet skin lightly skimmed with a featherweight layer of translucent powder by makeup artist Tom Pecheux, and you’ve got yourself a throwback beauty look that feels undeniably fresh.