The event: In the past, Karl Lagerfeld has taken advantage of the cavernous and ornate Grand Palais in Paris to create the ruins of an ancient theater, a sandy beach, a jumbo jet (complete with airplane seating and a champagne cart). But on Tuesday, the designer severely downsized. Somehow, Lagerfeld managed to fashion an intimate showcase with limited seating for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2014 Haute Couture Collection.
The crowd: Lining the front row were Jared Leto, Nina Dobrev, Lily Collins and Kristen Stewart, the last with hair tinted a reddish-orange, a remnant, she said from filming “American Ultra.” Stewart said this was her third Chanel show, the others being December’s drive-in themed pre-fall ready-to-wear show in Dallas and last year’s fall haute couture show in Paris.
The surprises: Kendall Jenner led off the show, in her first appearance on Chanel's haute couture runway, and a very pregnant Ashleigh Good provided the fashion show’s finale in a bridal gown. Then, to audience applause, all the models crossed the runway as snow fell against blue sky backdrops flanking the stage.
The fashions: Like last season, there were no shaky stilettos or sky-high platforms to keep models from walking in comfort. Instead, the gleaming, richly embellished gowns and textured boucle skirts-over-shorts topped flat thong sandals tied up with ribbons.