Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t do things by halves. For this season’s spectacular couture show, it was the turn of the Eiffel Tower to get the Chanel treatment, as models walked under the arched legs of a reconstruction in Paris’s Grand Palais.
Returning to the wide, exaggerated silhouette he championed in his last haute couture collection, the effect was bold and modern, while maintaining Chanel’s classic love of tweed.
Makeup was 80s meets birds of paradise.
You are never that far from a two-piece suit at a Chanel show, and Monsieur Lagerfeld riffed on the iconic tweed suit, adding boaters to match.
Jacket sleeves were curved and exaggerated, hemlines low.
Bridal typically closes the Chanel couture show.
This season’s take was a simple white dress that flared just above the waist, embellished with ruffles and finished with a simple net train.
Feathers decorated pockets, hemlines, collars and sleeve cuffs.
Victoriana-style black patent boots were everywhere – the old-fashioned shape contrasting with a contemporary perspex-block heel.
It was a starry affair. Pharrell, who arrived with wife, Helen Lasichanh, went for multicoloured tie-dye complete with a statement to get the cogs whirring: “We are all powered by the sun.”
Return to the forbidden planet … Kristen Stewart (left), in a spaceman grey-silver jumpsuit, and Katy Perry, wearing an astronaut print, both attended.
Peroxide blonde buzzcuts – with frosted tips in Stewart’s case – were out in full force. Here is model Cara Delevingne sporting hers.
Julianne Moore and Ines De La Fressange arriving for the show.
Karl Lagerfeld received a standing ovation after the show. He has today been awarded Paris’ highest honour, the Grand Vermeil medal.