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Sunday 21 September 2014

Runway Report: Chanel at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Freya Drohan

Published 08/07/2014 | 13:47

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A model walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week
A model walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week
Models walk  the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week
Models walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week
A model walks the runway during the Chanel show
A model walks the runway during the Chanel show

Kaiser Karl looked into the vast 150 year old tradition of couture gowns to draw inspiration for his exquisite Winter Couture collection.

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Renowned for his elaborate productions, commissioning sets to looks like merry-go-rounds, airplanes or icebergs, today Karl Lagerfeld showed his latest work against a minimalist background that was inspired by a 1930s Corbusier apartment.

“It's Baroque meets Le Corbusier,” he said in the show notes, referring to the ground-breaking architect who advocated a more modern and sleek aesthetic.

This modern and sleek aesthetic was the starting point for Karl’s new offering, which he juxtaposed with more traditional silhouettes and Byzantine-inspired embellishment.

A perfect example of this is the iconic bride- a stalwart of the Chanel Couture shows- who wore a regal, long sleeved gown with an impeccably patterned train, reminiscent of a Baroque queen.

The bride on this occasion was also seven months pregnant.

A hint of rebellion was evident with the faux mohawks, plastic fabric, flat sandals, furry sleeves and a tongue in cheek nod to the Tour De France by way of embellished caps.

As was to be expected, bouclé suits, beautiful handbags and heritage tweeds all also made an appearance.

So too did Kendall Jenner, who made her couture catwalk debut, proudly revealing the news on her Instagram page.

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Director Baz Luhrmann and his wife and long-term collaborator Catherine Martin sat in the front row.

The Australian filmmaker has reunited forces with the fashion house, working on a new campaign for Chanel No. 5 with Gisele Bundchen as its star, which will be released at the end of the year.

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