And he sure knows how to produce a showstopper: his magical Métiers d'Art 2016 collection show, which took place in the early hours of this morning, had guests spellbound. The scene? The iconic Cinecitta Studios in Rome, where iconic films such as Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita and Cleopatra were all filmed. The setting? Not an Italian tableaux as one might expect, but a picture-perfect Parisian streetscape - Metro station, boulangerie, cobblestones and all - cast in that Chanel house signature of chic black and white.

When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

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When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

Before the models took to the street, Lagerfeld premiered his highly anticipated short film,Once and Forever, starring Kristen Stewart (who was seated front row). And then the show really started: models spilled out of the Metro station and onto the runway, in a wave of monochrome separates, pearl-studded dresses and tweed, all imbued with a rock n' roll edge care of fishnet stockings and mussed up hair (including some dishevelled Bardot-style beehives). Lagerfeld darlings Lara Stone and Freja Beha Erichsen lent their effortless cool to the catwalk, as did Chanel newbie Bella Hadid.

When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

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When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

Lagerfeld closed the show with his Chanel 'family' of male models and his RL nephew, the adorable Hudson Kroenig. And the credits rolled on yet another breathtaking Chanel blockbuster.

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When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

When in Rome: Chanel's cinematic Métiers d'Art show

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