Having, in previous years, turned the Grand Palais into an
airport, a supermarket and a brasserie, the designer, who has
been at the creative helm of Chanel since 1983, sent models out
of a wooden house down a garden path across a neat green lawn.
Lagerfeld said the starting point for the line was "the
silhouette" and he puffed up sleeves into oval shapes on
Chanel's signature tweed jackets paired with pencil-slim skirts.
In an age of technology, models, whose hair was swept back into
moon-shaped chignons, wore belt pouches big enough to hold
smartphones or tablets.
"There's an influence of everything," Lagerfeld told Reuters.
"It's a kind of relax zen attitude in a modern spirit of today."
Evening wear consisted of embroidered strapless satin dresses
and top and trouser combinations, worn with sparkling sheer
Lagerfeld's nature theme was evident in the embroidery on
dresses, including colorful flowers and wooden birds as well as
in the shoes: rounded cork wedges.
Colors were shades of beige, ivory and gold with dabs of black
and dark blue.
"You must not forget that in the twenties before she made a
little black dress Chanel was called 'the queen of the beige',"
Lagerfeld said, referring to founding designer Gabrielle "Coco"
Chanel. "And I never made a Chanel collection nearly all beige."
Lagerfeld dressed his Chanel bride, a regular feature at his
haute couture shows, in a strapless dress embroidered with
chiffon, beads, rhinestones, leather and wood shavings, worn
with a hooded jacket with a train.
The show ended with the panels of the wooden house opening to
reveal the models, including Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner,
posing on the structure's three floors.
(Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian in London; Editing by Louise
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