Apple Martin seemed to fulfill a famous designer’s prophecy this week when it debuted at Paris Fashion Week.
Martin, the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, joined a bevy of stars at Chanel’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2023 show on Monday.
The 18-year-old bore a striking resemblance to her famous mother in a black and white Chanel jacket and mini dress. She sat in the front row, next to actors Lucy Boynton and Sadie Sink.
Also reportedly in attendance: director Baz Luhrmann, whose latest film, “Elvis,” garnered eight Academy Award nominations in its own right the very next day.
Journalist Derek Blasberg shared a few behind-the-scenes photos of Martin happily posing with Boynton and Sink and later enjoying an intimate dinner on Instagram. In the accompanying caption, Blasberg noted that legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died in 2019, recognized Martin’s sense of style early on.
“Karl Lagerfeld met Apple Martin when she was 4 years old and declared that one day she would become a Chanel girl,” he wrote. “It happened today!”
Blasberg’s photos drew a plethora of compliments from some of his famous friends, as well as a playful correction courtesy of Paltrow.
“Actually, she was ONE,” the “Shakespeare in Love” and “Royal Tenenbaums” actor joked in a comment.
Predictably, Martin’s presence on the show prompted some media outlets to rekindle the debate over so-called favoritism babies. The buzzy term, often shortened to “fake babies,” has been used to describe children born to wealthy, powerful, or famous families, especially those who are successful in a field in which one of their relatives also worked.
Compared to many of her contemporaries, however, Martin has largely avoided the spotlight: Paltrow recently confirmed that her daughter started college last fall, but she hasn’t specified what school she attends or what her field of study is.
With the 2023 Met Gala slated to pay homage to Lagerfeld’s work, only time will tell if Martin will once again fulfill her apparent destiny by attending the high-profile event in May.