A regular tenant of the iconic building during World War II, Mademoiselle Chanel was summoned in full glamour for an aristocratic night in the luxurious building. The Ritz was once the roof to her controversial romance with a man behind enemy line: Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a German. The ambience of the evening evoked times not so dyed by the ash of the war, but those of when delicate camellias and plumes, always preferred by the timeless designer, crowned the accessories of her confections.
For the 13th Métiers d’Art show, titled ‘Paris Cosmopolite’, Karl Lagerfeld debuted an affair interwoven with beautiful silks, tweeds and wools, as if the woman once occupying his creative chair were still alive, helping dazzle the atmosphere with the presented pearls. Jumpers, hats, veils and inlay; leather trousers, jackets and tweeds in the common monochromatic palette were heavily populating the runway led by Lagerfeld’s beloved Cara Delevingne and Lily-Rose Depp, heiress of Johnny Depp’s nonchalant flair and Vanessa Paradis’ ethereal eyes. Pharrel Williams and Levi Dylan, grandson of Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, also walked the runway with pieces overflown with femininity.
The location was appointed as a “temple of cosmopolitan elegance” by the designer, and despite the apparition of street style nods, such as peddle-pushers and beanie hats, the gracefulness of the collection remained intact; with classic looks revisiting the savoir-faire of Coco’s atelier in the decade of the 30’s. Mimicked as a socialites meeting point, an afternoon of tea never seemed so classy, and with Karl’s maturity, we were able for the first time in his career, to imagine what Chanel would have done if she were still alive and in love again with a German, this time being the silver-haired sentinel of her timeless fashion legacy.
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