At the Chanel show this morning, sandwiched between Grace Coddington and Mario Testino, there was a smiling face we haven't seen much of lately: Kate Upton! Before today, she hadn't attended a single fashion show this season, but this appearance more than makes up for it. Photographs show her giggling and tossing her hair coquettishly outside the Grand Palais, and having a Serious Conversation with Testino in the front row (her other neighbor, Coddington, seemed more interested in catching up with Hamish Bowles).
But the real highlight of Upton's budding relationship with the brand came yesterday, when she was photographed waltzing out of a black car, a Céline trapeze bag hooked on her arm, and into Chanel's Rue Cambon flagship store. Perhaps she was acquiring that little gray jacket she wore to today's show? Or replacing that Céline bag with something more suitable? Or just ingratiating herself to Karl Lagerfeld even more?
Upton aside, Chanel's front row was packed with the usual suspects (Virginie Ledoyen, Caroline Sieber, Poppy Delevingne, and Lou Doillon), as well as some fun surprise guests — namely, Rita Ora, her hair in a sharp blonde bob, and Katy Perry, cinched into her daisy-print dress with a metal chain. They milled about and posed for pictures in front of Lagerfeld's various Chanel-branded objects — the backdrop to his "art"-themed collection — which included a giant statue in the shape of a perfume bottle.
After the show, Lagerfeld was also game to be photographed with the installations, particularly one of a naked man balancing a Chanel-imprinted tire on his back. He even made the tender gesture of resting a gloved hand on the statue's bald pink head — his signature pose in proximity to inanimate male nudes, apparently. Meanwhile, Cara Delevingne made a post-runway appearance in her stockinged feet. Click through our slideshow to see Ora, Upton, Perry, and more attendees.BEGIN SLIDESHOW