Chanel’s Fall 2017 ready-to-wear show might have been its biggest spectacle yet — and this, coming from a brand that usually packs up its pre-season collections and shows them in far-flung locales around the world. Karl Lagerfeld converted his old stomping grounds, the Grand Palais in Paris, into a space shuttle hangar, fully embracing the science fiction theme with ethereal garments printed with moons and moon men. The centerpiece of the show: an actual, IRL rocket, adorned with Chanel’s double-C logo.
The front row featured the many of the usual who’s-who of Chanel muses — Lily-Rose Depp and her mother, Vanessa Paradis; Cara Delevingne; Pharrell Williams; Caroline De Maigret — as well as a few eclectic newcomers, including London grime talent Skepta, actress and activist Amandla Stenberg, director Sofia Coppola, and Steve Harvey’s wife Marjorie Bridges-Woods and her daughters, Lori and Morgan Harvey. Among the tweed-heavy crowd in attendance at the show, it was Amandla Stenberg who stood out in a somber all-black ensemble, complete with a pair of witchy black boots.
Who: Amandla Stenberg.
When: Tuesday, March 7.
Where: Front-row at the Chanel Fall 2017 ready-to-wear show at the Grand Palais, transformed into a hangar, in Paris, France.
What: A black, long-sleeved knit dress with a drop-waist lace appliqué skirt, a black shoulder bag, and lace-up black booties, all by Chanel.
Why: Stenberg, newly crowned a front-row star, appeared at the Marc Jacobs show back in New York while promoting her new film, As You Are. She seems to have taken to the life of designer muse as the newcomer to Karl Lagerfeld’s regularly star-studded front row — in addition to her already impressive resume. At the Fall 2017 show, she opted for a sleek black dress, featuring a retro-looking drop waist of which Lagerfeld seems to be so enamored lately, that dissolves into a fine lace appliqué skirt. Topped off with a pair of black lace-up boots — very Wicked Witch of the West — Stenberg marks herself as a sartorial talent to watch.
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