12 Epic Photos from Chanel's Pre-Fall Show in Rome
The incredible, jaw-dropping runway sets alone are enough to make Chanel one of the most highly anticipated shows around (well, and the clothing, too, of course). But all of that just doesn't compete when there's a destination thrown into the mix. For the brand's latest international Métiers d'Art show (which previously has been set in locations all over the world, from Dubai to Scotland), Karl Lagerfeld whisked Chanel showgoers to Rome—and then promptly back to Paris.
The designer uprooted the City of Lights and transported it to Italy, transforming Cinecittà Studios into a blacked-out Parisian streetscape littered with cute fleur shops, bistro table-laden cafes, old-school cinemas, and charming storefronts that felt dark and dangerous, and yet, nostalgic, all at the same time.
A stunning set demands an equally stunning line-up of models (It girls like Freja Beha Erichsen, Lara Stone, and Bella Hadid walked the runway) clad in dresses festooned with bows, sweet ruffled pieces, pearl-studded footwear, and three-piece tweed sets that were instantly hardened with high-shine leather, lace tights, and smoldering day-after makeup. The rebellious cool-girl aesthetic was right in line with the style M.O. of Lagerfeld's honored guests-slash-forever-muses—Kristen Stewart and Rooney Mara—who looked on from their front row seats.
Kristen Stewart Smolders for the Cameras
As Karl Lagerfeld's guest of honor (and star of his film), Stewart was, of course, present for the Chanel Métiers d'Art show, in which she wore a sequined jacket (sans layers) and wide-leg leather pants from the brand's spring 2016 collection.
Tiny Newsies Handed Out Newspapers Before the Show
Model Brad Kroenig's sons were clad in newsie attire (Jameson is pictured above), and they handed out special edition "Paris in Rome" copies of a Lagerfeld original titled "The Roman Express," featuring looks from the pre-fall collection, to guests as they made their way to their seats.
Mica Arganaraz Struts Down the Catwalk
Arganaraz marched down the "Parisian streets" in a sweet bow-lined number and classic cap-toe pumps, which were toughened with a structured coat draped over her shoulders, a choker, and lace tights.
Soo Joo Park in the Chanel Pre-Fall Show
The beauty sauntered the night streets of Paris in a slinky powder blue ground-grazing number with sexy lace inserts, complete with a slick high-shine printed coat.
Binx Walton Makes an Appearance on the Catwalk
The Chanel-favorite model was cast to play a role in Lagerfeld's cinematic show—she wore slouchy sweater separates that were elevated with a beaded belt, an exquisite textured coat (that matched the bucket bag), and neutral booties.
Lagerfeld's #ParisInRome Set for Chanel
The designer uprooted the City of Lights and transported it to Italy, transforming Cinecittà Studios into a blacked-out Parisian streetscape littered with cute fleur shops, bistro table-laden cafes, old-school cinemas, a metro station, and charming storefronts.
Chanel Closes with Lara Stone and Freja Beha Erichsen
The two supermodels closed the show, both clad in long black lace gowns, and they led the pack of Chanel models for another lap around the set.
All in the Details
Lagerfeld's attention to detail, from the jewelry to the set, is as astute as ever. Here, a close-up look at the intricate cape-shaped necklace layered over a white gold sun-pleated lurex knit dress.
Lagerfeld's Lap with Godson Hudson Kroenig
The Kaiser did his traditional post-show lap around the set, hand-in-hand with his godson Hudson Kroenig.
Post-Show Set Transformation
When the show ended, guests flooded onto the set, and, as InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson writes, "it then transformed as shop doors opened, and waiters appeared with plates of pasta and cheese, oysters, and endless desserts."
Bella Hadid Stops for a Snap
In the post-show mayhem, model Bella Hadid, who walked in the Chanel show, stopped for a photo.
The elaborate runway set eventually turned into an after-party venue, with DJs, twinkling lights, and a "view" of a lit-up Eiffel Tower.