Kristen Stewart was the only guest at Chanel's latest fashion show, and her fans are calling it an iconic moment

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Kristen Stewart was the only spectator at Chanel's latest fashion show, and fans of the actress are getting a kick out of a video that shows her watching the show alone. Chanel/YouTube
  • Kristen Stewart was the only guest to attend Chanel's latest fashion show, which was held at a castle in France.

  • A YouTube video from the designer shows Stewart as the solo attendee among 300 cast and crew members.

  • Nylon reported that Stewart, a Chanel brand ambassador and muse, was the only guest in attendance due to French COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines. 

  • Fans of the "Twilight" and "Happiest Season" seemed to love the jarring visuals from Stewart's solo appearance at the runway show.

  • The socially distant setting echoes how other brands and designers have approached hosting fashion shows amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chanel didn't let the coronavirus pandemic prevent it from revealing its latest collection, but its guest list differed from runway shows of previous years.

Just one person was present to view the show in person: "Happiest Season" star Kristen Stewart, a Chanel brand ambassador and muse.

Chanel's latest show was held at a castle known as the Château de Chenonceau in France. The luxury fashion house showcased its 2020/21 Métiers d'art collection, which was filmed and released in a YouTube video on Thursday. The video shows Stewart sitting on a bench in a hall empty of all other people, except for the models.

According to Nylon, due to COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines in France, the event could only host essential personnel, which included 300 cast and crew members, as well as Stewart.

Fans of the "Twilight" actress seemed to get a kick out of the jarring visuals that came from her solo fashion show appearance.

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Twitter's official Fashion account picked up on Stewart's front-row seat, calling the fashion show that seemed to be put on just for the actress an "iconic" moment.

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In a statement published by The Cut, Chanel's creative director Virginie Viard called the Château de Chenonceau - the location of the fashion show - "an obvious choice." The castle was designed by two people from which Coco Chanel drew inspiration: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici, according to The Cut.

Chanel isn't the only fashion house to put on a socially distant runway show

At Milan Fashion Week in July, Etro and Dolce & Gabbana were the only designers to showcase their collections in person, utilizing outdoor spaces, while other designers opted to show their fashions solely online.  

In September, designer Christian Siriano hosted a runway show in his Westport, Connecticut, home's backyard in lieu of traditional New York Fashion Week events, which traditionally includes large-scale fashion presentations with hundreds of attendees.

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Scenes from Christian Siriano's backyard fashion show. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Christian Siriano; Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Christian Siriano

At the event, guests sat distanced from each other in the outdoor space as models walked down a makeshift runway wearing face coverings that matched their outfits.

"When #fashionweek really goes home you sometimes got to get down and dirty and do it yourself," Siriano wrote in an Instagram post ahead of the event.

Designer Jason Wu also utilized an outdoor runway setting during New York Fashion Week. 

Representatives for Chanel did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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