Chanel's Métiers d'Art 2017 collection was inspired by the Ritz Paris
For their Pre-fall 2017 collection, Chanel returned to the Ritz Paris, favourite of Coco Chanel
Chanel is always looking for ways to invoke the spirit of Coco Chanel. So when the Ritz Paris finally reopened, refreshed and renovated, it was an obvious choice as the venue of this year's Métiers d'Art show. Because even though she had her own apartment appointed in idiosyncratic style, Coco Chanel slept at the Ritz every night for years.
Accordingly, Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from the legendary hotel, channelling its incredible Grand Siècle interiors and cafe society mood through embellished jackets, gorgeous dresses full of movement, ruffled tulle skirts and – for a change – outsized rose headdresses. These were worn best, of course, by Cara Delevingne with a girlish low ponytail and plenty of swing in her step.
The Métiers d'Art show traditionally showcases the work of Chanel's artisanal partners, and this was on full display as models (including house favourites Pharrell and our December cover girl Lily-Rose Depp) walked, stalked and danced their way around tables and through the Ritz's restaurant and tearooms.