December 7, 2016
It’s been a minute since Chanel showed a pre-collection in Paris, rather opting for far-flung locals like Seoul, Dubai, and most recently, Cuba. But if there was ever an appropriate time for the storied French house to host its Métiers d’Art show in Paris, this was it.
Why, you ask? Because the Ritz was just renovated, and it served as the setting for Chanel’s Pre-Fall romp. Karl Lagerfeld called the Place Vendome establishment, “the cosmopolitan spot par excellence.” Anyone who’s ever spent a night in one of the luscious rooms, or sipped a 35 euro cocktail at the Hemingway Bar knows he’s not wrong.
With a location like the Ritz, it’s only fitting that Lagerfeld drew inspiration from Café Society, the rich and famous, and beautiful people in general for this outing, which he called “Paris Cosmopolite.”
This not only came through in the uppity (in the best way possible) clothes, like plunging cream tweed suits that were paired with slim skirts or cropped trousers, decadent embellishments, and an abundance of veils, but in the casting, too. Cara Delevingne, Lily-Rose Depp, Ellie Bamber, Lottie Moss, Georgia May Jagger, Alice Dellal, and more walked, making the runway as star-studded as the front row.
Roses, rather than the house’s signature camellia flowers, were used liberally, as were pearls, both in the form of layered necklaces and embellishments.
Oversized sweaters, transparent eveningwear, and sporty-yet-dramatic quilted jackets lent the lineup a youthful edge. Same goes for the fabulous fringed denim trench.
This collection was opulence at its best, and let’s be serious—who does opulence better than Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel?