Pin It

Karl Lagerfeld reimagines Chanel catwalk as a chic brasserie

One cafe au lait to go, s'il vous plaît

Every season, Karl Lagerfeld finds some way to reconfigure the runway. From feminist rallies at Boulevard Chanel to the Monoprix supermarket aisles of AW14, there's always some extra twist to the Chanel show. On Tuesday morning, that meant ushering the audience into Brasserie Gabrielle, an upscale take on the classic French bistro. Except that most Parisians don't usually see Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne gossiping at the counter of their local cafe.

The Grand Palais was fitted out with red leather booths, bar stools, tiled mosaic floors and dark wood and gold panelling. As the models arrived on the runway, they were shown to their tables by a maître d', chatting over bowls of olives, fruit juice, baskets of croissants and lemon tea. Julia Nobis read the paper at her table, while Joan Smalls hailed down a passing waiter. 

After SS15's protest marches, complete with HeForShe placards and "Ladies First" signs, it felt like Chanel decided to take the action off the street and back into that most Parisian of institutions: the bistro. But don't expect Brasserie Gabrielle to stick around for lunch: like all of Karl's runway stages, this cafe is only open for one day only. 

Stay tuned for exclusive photographs and our show report.