Cara is back, Pharrell is a model, and Frida Kahlo is my new beauty inspiration…there’s only one event that could combine such unlikely elements into one ball of French glamour. The Chanel Métiers d’Art show took place yesterday at the Ritz in Paris and left endless flashes of inspiration in its wake. Since there are so many highlights let’s break it down:
1. The “Models”: I put models in quotes because of the combination of runway novices and veterans that came together. The current face of Chanel No.5, Lily Rose Depp, made her runway début for the brand. Also walking the runway for the first time – correct me if I’m wrong – was Pharrell Williams, not a huge surprise given he’s been a friend to the brand, appearing in Karl’s short films. But the most exciting news of all? CARA CAME BACK! I was reluctantly supportive of the model’s retirement from the industry in order to pursue acting – chase your dreams, ya know – but I have to say I didn’t know how much I missed her until I saw her weave her way between tables in the season’s latest.
2. The Fashion: The clothes, as always were killer. The artistry that went into each look was breathtaking. A twist of classic Chanel tweed, with woolen scarves and plenty of colorful embroidery made me want to transport back to 1920s Paris. Am I alone here?
4. The Guests: From fashion icon Caroline de Maigret to Princess Caroline of Monaco to fashion’s final word Anna Wintour, seeing the crowd was almost as fun as seeing the clothes.
5. The Location: Though the room was packed out, I think these photos show the relaxed lounge-like atmosphere of the show. Models walked around tables packed with guests enjoying dinner and a show.