Cara Delevingne Comes Out of Runway Retirement for Chanel—and 7 Other Things to Know

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Nope, not a far-flung location. Not the Grand Palais made over into an otherworldly Chanel dimension (past themes: an airport terminal, a grocery store, a casino), either. But the significance of staging the Chanel Metiers d’Art 2017 show at the newly renovated Ritz Paris was definitely not lost on anyone. It presented a full-circle moment, as the hotel was where designer Coco Chanel herself took up residence for 30-something years. And after seasons of looking outwards for design inspiration, this collection drew from the brand’s core DNA, with references to Coco and the City of Lights.  #ParisCosmopolite, indeed. From the buzzy model line-up to the stars sitting in the front row, scroll through for a play-by-play of what went down at the Chanel-inspired Chanel pre-fall 2017 show.

1. Lagerfeld staged the Chanel Metiers d’Art 2017 show at Ritz Paris (newly opened after four years of renovations), the location where Coco Chanel resided for more than 30 years. 

#ParisCosmopolite #ChanelMetiersdArt

A photo posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Dec 2, 2016 at 8:01am PST

2. After saying goodbye to modeling last year, forever muse Cara Delevingne came out of runway retirement for Chanel. She walked twice: Once to open the show in an ivory floral-decorated tweed skirt set and then again to close it in a gold-embroidered black tweed jacket shrugged over a gold-flecked black tulle dress. 

@CaraDelevingne #ParisCosmopolite #ChanelMetiersdArt

A photo posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Dec 6, 2016 at 9:30am PST

Backstage with Iguana Delevingne @chanelofficial

A photo posted by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on Dec 6, 2016 at 5:54am PST

3. Pharrell joined the buzzy model line-up in a sophisticated navy tweed jacket topped with a headpiece that had us, quite frankly, puzzled.

Thank you @chanelofficial #ParisCosmopolite

A video posted by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on Dec 6, 2016 at 6:04am PST

4. After seasons of fronting Chanel’s campaigns and sitting front row, this marked fashion darling Lily-Rose Depp’s runway debut.

@lilyrose_depp #ParisCosmopolite #ChanelMetiersdArt

A photo posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Dec 6, 2016 at 12:07pm PST

5. Nicole Richie’s younger sister Sofia walked, too.

A photo posted by Sofia Richie (@sofiarichie) on Dec 6, 2016 at 6:44am PST

6. There were stars both on and off the runway: Jaden Smith and Rowan Blanchard were among the celebrities in the audience.

When the heels come off and the sneakers come on 🍧#pariscosmopolite #chanelmetiersdart 🍧

A photo posted by Rowan Blanchard (@rowanblanchard) on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:54pm PST

7. The collection served as a style tribute to the City of Lights, with a line-up brimming with signature tweeds and Eiffel Tower motifs. 

#ParisCosmopolite #ChanelMetiersdArt

A photo posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:05am PST

8. As for the hair, stylist Sam McKnight topped the heads of each model with rose-strewn crowns. 

#backstage #backstagebeauty #chanel #paris #hairbows #flowers #hairaccessories #hairbysammcknight #karllagerfeld @djcori @tompecheux @annyerrandonea_nailsartist @amandaharlech @pascalbraultt @aurelieduclos

A photo posted by Sam McKnight© (@sammcknight1) on Dec 6, 2016 at 5:19am PST

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