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All About Chanel’s Chic, Cinema-Inspired Roman Romp

Karl Lagerfeld Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps in tribute to the bygone screen heroines who filmed at Cinecittà — the Roman studio that played host to the Chanel Métiers d’Art show today — Karl Lagerfeld opened his collection with stately black-and-white looks and a movie-set backdrop of a bygone Paris. Lara Stone’s lace-inset bombshell gown recalled Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, while more demure looks channeled Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday — both movies were filmed in part at the studio. Just call it Lagerfeld’s Roma.

While the designer loves a theme — for proof, just look to last season’s airport terminal or his Austrian adventure a year ago — he didn’t opt for overt motifs this time around. So there were no equivalents of last year’s faux-Heidi-braid headphones, unless you count the old-school film-camera-inspired bags. Instead, many of the looks felt cozy, practical, and mercifully walkable — in keeping with the fact that the models emerged from a métro station. There was a focus on sweater dressing and on house codes like tweed, bow collars, and capelets. And in keeping with the vibe, Lagerfeld finally screened his much-anticipated short film starring Kristen Stewart, which you can see below.

All About Chanel’s Cinema-Inspired Roman Romp