Chanel pays homage to Roman cinema and Parisian style

Chanel put on a dramatic display in Rome Tuesday night, using the legendary Italian film studio Cinecittà as the background for the unveiling of its Paris-Rome 2015/16 “Métiers d’art” pre-fall collection.

A model presents a creation during the 12th Chanel Metiers d’Art show “Paris-Rome” – AFP / Gabriel Bouys

It was a star-studded affair all round, with designer Karl Lagerfeld using the opportunity to debut a movie of his own — the short film “Once and Forever,” starring Hollywood starlet Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin . The runway itself was a movie-theater-worthy black and white cinema reconstruction of the City of Light.

The clothes invoked the both the nostalgic Paris of the silver screen and that of the modern-day fashion capital, walking the delicate line between romantic and suggestive.

Knitwear was given a dreamy makeover for the collection, with chunky sweaters in pastel colors livened up by intricate detailing that was overtly pretty, and Lagerfeld captured the poetic charm of the French capital with whimsical pieces such as a puffball-sleeved cream dress adorned with a pink ribbon belt.

However, there was more than a hint of the vamp in the collection’s glamorous black leather mini dresses and peacoats, while the lace stockings, pencil skirts and cropped tops lent the affair a distinctly racy undertone.

There were plenty of the French house’s classic tweeds on show, with cape silhouettes and trouser suits adding a 1960s vibe that was exacerbated by the model’s coiffed beehives and kholed-out eyes. The signature fabric was used to created bulky overcoats and trenches that were layered over the gossamer-light lingerie-style dresses for a very French insouciance that perfectly encapsulated the Parisian nonchalance when it comes to style.
 

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