PARIS IN ROME
Journalists flown in for Chanel’s Métiers d'Art extravaganza in Rome had been gorging themselves on carbonara pasta, Carravaggio paintings and carrara marble monuments, but when it came to the show itself, Karl Lagerfeld very deliberately let it be known that he would be bringing his longtime city of residence to the Italian capital. At Cinecettà studios, where Italian classics like Fellini’s La Dolce Vita were made, guests were golf buggied into the heart of the film complex initially thinking we were going to sit outside amongst the fake facades of Roman temples and basilicas (the BBC series Rome was filmed here). Instead we headed inside Teatro No.5 (duh) to see a pastiche of a Parisian street. Whilst everyone was doing their selfie ritual, as demanded by every elaborate Chanel show set, you walked around this charmant little street with a fleuriste, a boulangerie and a cafe and wondered what was behind the façade. The Metro sign said Rome, but the Art Nouveau font said Paris. And even if all roads lead to Rome, there’s no denying that Chanel’s home base took centre stage.
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