Willow Smith Steals the Show at Chanel with New Music and a New Look

The Chanel muse and daughter of Jada Pinkett and Will Smith debuted a new song, armed with a new, gothic-inspired Chanel wardrobe.

Each year, Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel hosts the Métiers D’Art show, showcasing the artisanal craftsmanship on which the brand has built its identity. Its partner workshops, which provide lace, embroidery, silverwork, and more, are on full display during the off-calendar show, which migrates around the world every year. For the 2016-2017 show, Lagerfeld kept affairs close to home: Métiers D’Art took over the newly reopened Ritz Paris (once itself the home of Gabrielle Chanel) Tuesday afternoon, staging its runway in the dining room where models like Cara Delevingne, Soo Joo Park, Natalie Westling, and newly christened model Lily-Rose Depp all flounced across the carpeted floor and wove their way between tables of fashion editors and friends of Chanel. And while Depp’s runway debut might have been the marquee event of the afternoon, Willow Smith refused to totally cede the spotlight (though she didn’t walk, herself) — she opened the presentation with a stripped-down performance of her newest track, “November 9.” And she kicked the whole thing off in a dreamy gothic-inspired lace-and-fur ensemble, coordinating perfectly with mama Smith, Jada Pinkett.

Willow Smith in Chanel at the Chanel Métiers D’Art show in Paris, France, December 2016.

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Who: Willow Smith

When: Tuesday, December 6.

Where: The Chanel “Paris Cosmopolite” Métiers D’Art show at the newly reopened Ritz Paris in Paris, France.

What: A lace and chiffon camisole paired with a fur-trimmed skirt with a zipper up the front and black flats, all by Chanel.

Why: Smith’s all-black look allows the textures incorporated into this look to shine through. From the delicate lace across the bodice of her top that dissolves into feather-light chiffon, to the wisps of fur swirling around the bottom of her skirt, she’s got all the most luxurious materials covered. While Lily-Rose Depp’s look tends towards beaded crop tops and ultra-feminine dresses — a 17-year-old’s adaptation of the “ladies who lunch” look — Willow (like fellow Lagerfeld muse Kristen Stewart) leans towards edgier designs, whether a gothic-inspired, fur-embellished set or a space-age grey jumpsuit.

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