After a Chanel No. 5 campaign, a magazine cover alongside Karl Lagerfeld, and countless red carpet appearances dripping in the latest Chanel collections, the moment has finally arrived: Lily-Rose Depp stepped onto the runway for the first time in Chanel’s Métiers D’Art show at the Ritz Paris Wednesday afternoon. First in a gold sequined crop top with a matching skirt and a black tulle flower in her hair (an embellishment courtesy of hairstylist Sam McKnight), then, for a second tour, in a tea-length black mermaid-style dress, Depp strode through the Ritz’s dining room alongside an eclectic array of Lagerfeld’s favorite fashion people (Soo Joo Park; a fresh-out-of-retirement Cara Delevingne, who opened the show; young Hudson Kroenig, son of Brad Koenig, Lagerfeld’s current favorite male model) — and, you know, Pharrell Williams. Laden with pearls, wearing what looks like a pearl-encrusted yarmulke.
Lily-Rose Depp’s runway debut is sort of like the plot twist at the end of Westworld‘s first season when, spoiler alert, the Man in Black turns out to be William: Not at all unforeseen, especially if you spend substantial time on the internet, but still quite the reveal. She flounced across the floor, weaving through tables of Chanel tweed-clad journalists, fashion editors, and Lagerfeld’s insiders, offering the occasional shy smile to the audience. Her first runway appearance, a professional landmark, was softened by the star-studded atmosphere of the whole thing: While the Victoria’s Secret show stole away supermodels like Bella Hadid, Lagerfeld selected a curious cast that mixed runway veterans with actors, musicians, and dancers to show the Métiers D’Art collection. Behind Depp, reluctant model Delevingne offered a twirl and a few samba steps across the floor. Even Lagerfeldl himself took a few ginger steps to the beat of the music pounding overhead as he appeared for his bow.
Lagerfeld’s muse-in-waiting Willow Smith was also in attendance, but she opted out of the runway, instead providing pre-show entertainment with her latest song “November 9th” — because brother Jaden isn’t the only Smith undergoing a musical transformation.
Depp slipped in this latest career development just under the wire, capping off a 2016 that was better than, well, most: The budding It girl appeared in two festival-favorite films, The Dancer alongside Soko and Planetarium with Natalie Portman, and, in addition to her numerous appearances at Chanel events alongside Lagerfeld himself, she nabbed the coveted spot as face of the new Chanel fragrance Chanel No. 5 L’Eau (following her previous campaign for the label’s Pearl eyewear collection).
It’s all great for Lily-Rose Depp, but it makes us wonder — where was Kristen Stewart for this whole thing?
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