While the Chanel Métiers d’Art show typically travels to a destination — Edinburgh, Salzburg, Dallas — and recounts a chapter of the house lore, real or imagined, Lagerfeld felt it was time to pay attention to France, which has been shunned by tourists in the wake of the multiple terror attacks and labor strife over the past year.

This year’s show, staged at the Ritz Paris was served up in three sittings at lunch, tea, and dinnertime, that sent a line of top models, “daughters-of,” and Pharrell Williams winding their way around tables in the hotel lobby and a specially built “Jardin d’Hiver.” Male dancers in tailcoats were planted throughout the venue and occasionally leaped up to dance with the models.

“You have to walk as if you are walking into a chic restaurant, convinced that you are the most beautiful and chicest woman in the world — which you are,” Lagerfeld said during a fitting for his latest Métiers d’Art collection. He dubbed it “Paris Cosmopolite” to evoke a time when elegant women from the world over converged on the mythic Place Vendôme hotel, established in 1898.

Chanel Métiers d’Art

Chanel Métiers d’Art