The hype surrounding the Chanel Métiers d'Art is almost unprecedented - with the big fashion and celeb following for the pre-fall show.
Inspired by French actresses and Italian cinema, the old Parisian set and atmosphere at the iconic film studios Cinecitta Roma in Rome was maybe Karl's most impressive yet. And that's saying something for the man who set up an airport for his SS16 presentation.
This year, not only did Karl show a collection highlighting the exquisite skills of the Metiers d'Art houses but debuted his short film - Once and Forever - with Kristen Stewart at the cocktail party.
After 2014's Salzburg show, the aesthetic was totally pared back - from extravagant Tyrolean detailing and denim lederhosen to minimalist black and white decor and an autumnal-toned collection.
Models walked with dramatically smudgy eyes, a partied-in look which sat at odds with the Brigitte Bardot-style beehives, two-tone mules and iconic suiting. The silhouttes were classic, in Chanel tones of beige, cream, navy , black and grey with browns and oranges, with wool, tweed and mohair contrasting with lace and silk. A combination of 'typically Parisian elegant and Italian glamour', with our favourite Chanel model - the adorable Hudson Kroenig - making his usual runway appearance.
After the show, the cafes (including a boulangerie and fromagerie) and boutiques played host to the guests, including Kristen Stewart, Rooney Mara and Geraldine Chaplin - who plays an older Gabrielle Chanel to Kristen's younger depiction in the biopic.
See the highlights from the runway, the front row and the amazing set and collection.