The Chanel Paris Cosmopolite Pre-Fall 2017 Métiers d’art collection takes the Ritz Paris for its décor, a setting cherished by both the House of Chanel and its founder Gabrielle Chanel. For this occasion Karl Lagerfeld affirms his attachment to Paris by choosing the Ritz Paris which he considers to be the cosmopolitan spot.

The entire life of this legendary palace hotel is written with the comings and goings of its international clients at lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Twenty celebrities have glided through the fitting room to create this Café Society ambiance with brand ambassadresses Lily-Rose Depp, Ellie Bamber and Alice Dellal, as well as Cara Delevingne, Sistine Stallone, Georgia May Jagger. “No camellias this season, it’s all about roses!” declares Karl Lagerfeld.

Very elegant and inspired by “the evening dresses that women used to wear to dine at the Ritz” according to Karl Lagerfeld, this incredibly Parisian collection focuses on a silhouette with a well-defined waist and lengthy godets that caress the calf. Cream, white, navy blue and black along with flashes of red and scintillating golden hues dominate the palette. Embroideries worked to the max, sophisticated sunray pleats, marabou and ostrich feathers reflect the skills of the petites mains who work in the Chanel Métiers d’art ateliers.

The collection delivers new ultra-feminine versions of the iconic Chanel jacket, adorned with braids made from pearls or tweed roses, floral embroidery and Plexiglas buttons.  Ample and comfortable coats with bias-cut panels boast large warming collars and maxi-cuffs in tweed, while others opt for quilted or floral and pearl embroidered denim. The collection also shines a spotlight on knitwear: a sweater with richly embroidered epaulettes, a backless jacket with embroidery intertwined with cashmere, a jersey with puffed sleeves and knitted embroidery.

Completing the silhouettes, the hobo version of the Gabrielle handbag comes embroidered, in metallic gold leather or tweed. With the ultimate touch of refinement, the iconic 2.55 handbag is embellished with embroidery that echoes the upholstery of the Ritz Paris itself.

Chanel and the Ritz Paris unite in a Cosmopolitan Paris that’s bursting with the joyful humour of a Café Society under the kindly direction of Karl Lagerfeld, the perfect alliance to celebrate the Métiers d’art and that Parisian chic.

Go behind the scenes as Karl Lagerfeld expresses his inspiration for the collection set in the heart of Paris.