Inside Chanel’s Star-Studded #FrontRowOnly Fashion Show

Inside Chanel’s Star-Studded #FrontRowOnly Fashion Show
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When it comes to theatrics, Chanel’s show at Paris Fashion Week never disappoints. In past seasons, Karl Lagerfeld has turned the Grand Palais into an interactive grocery store, an airport terminal, and a celebrity-filled casino. Today, he presented the Fall 2016 collection to the usual crowd of celebrity fans and fashion-industry onlookers. Here’s what went down:

The Venue:
This season, Lagerfeld went the nostalgic route and transformed the palatial show space into an old-school atelier, lining up gilded chairs back to back in rows. The result: Everyone got a front-row seat. (Who knew Chanel would be the most egalitarian show of the week?) According to Vogue UK, the runway was nearly 2,000 feet long, and it took the models eight and a half minutes to traverse it—so it’s a good thing many of them got to wear flats.

The Guests:
The 3,000-strong guest list included certified Cool Teen™ Willow Smith and her mom Jada Pinkett Smith, Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh, Kris Jenner (in a flashy Chanel fur muff), and musicians Soko and Halsey. Another familiar name was Thylane Blondeau, a 14-year-old model who stirred up controversy back in 2011 after French Vogue cast her (age 10) in a very adult-styled shoot. And, bien sûr, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid walked the show.

The Clothes:
This being Chanel, there was, of course, ample tweed, this season in carnation pink and nubby plaids. The lace-up trend that made the rounds last year was given a different spin for fall, dividing jackets by their midsections and adding an ankle-baring element to riding boots. One thing that’s sure to be a hit was the very kawaii print featuring Karl’s cat Choupette, the house’s signature interlocking Cs, and thumbs-up and peace-sign emojis, which turned up on tote bags, blouses, and flap bags alike.

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Willow Smith, Karl Lagerfeld, Pharrell Williams, and Helen Lasichanh

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Karl and Hudson Kroenig

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Runway choreography

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Gigi Hadid walks Chanel's Fall 2016 collection.

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Kendall Jenner walks Chanel's Fall 2016 collection.

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A look from Chanel's Fall 2016 collection

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A look from Chanel's Fall 2016 collection

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A look from Chanel's Fall 2016 collection

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A look from Chanel's Fall 2016 collection

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A look from Chanel's Fall 2016 collection

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A look from Chanel's Fall 2016 collection

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Choupette!

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More Choupette!

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Chanel's Fall 2016 denim riding boots

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Willow Smith

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Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh

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Thylane Blondeau

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Kris Jenner

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Soko

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Caroline de Maigret

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