Paris Haute Couture 2014: Chanel draws Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart

Paris Haute Couture 2014: Chanel draws Jared Leto, Kristen Stewart
Front row at Chanel, from left, actors Kristen Stewart, Isabelle Huppert, Alma Jodorowsky and Jared Leto, and models Alice Dellal and Poppy Delevingne. (Ellen Olivier / For The Times)

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


’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.