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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Lagerfeld takes a feminine direction with latest Chanel collection

Published 21/01/2014 | 14:20

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German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears with models at the end of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for French fashion house Chanel in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)
German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears with models at the end of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for French fashion house Chanel in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)

Chanel debuted its new ladylike collection as part of Couture Fashion Week today.

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The French fashion house put on a show at Paris' Grand Palais this morning as part of the annual event.

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld went in a feminine direction with his latest designs, with pieces such as a strapless sparkling ivory dress and a high-waisted off-white skirt and matching crop jacket taking the spotlight.

These two ensembles were modelled by Lindsey Wixson and Cara Delevingne, who also took to the runway in a bride-style gown and wedding sneakers. Holding her veil was child model Hudson Kroenig, who is Karl's godson and has been a part of the brand since he joined his father Brad in Chanel's Spring/Summer 11 show.

Some of the designer's creations were more fun and futuristic, such as a pale rainbow-patterned dress and cropped short-sleeved jacket. With these the model wore silver elbow and knee pads which boasted a panel to match the dress and shoes in the same colours.

There were also more classic designs included in the range. A white dress with a black figure-hugging panel around the waist looked chic and was given a casual touch with a pair of black sneakers.

Trousers too made an impression, with chic light pink and cream coloured pairs worn with same-coloured blazers.

German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears with models at the end of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for French fashion house Chanel in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)
German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears with Cara Delevingne at the end of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show for French fashion house Chanel in Paris. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)
A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit
A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: FASHION)
A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

At the end of the show Karl joined Cara and Hudson on the catwalk, with the young boy stood in the middle.

In the front row was Vogue US editor Anna Wintour, who looked on as the designs were unveiled.

The Grand Palais was given a simplistic, modern feel with large shiny panels as a backdrop for the show. Models entered through a door and walked down two conjoined elaborate staircases towards the audience.

This year's show contrasts dramatically from Chanel's last couture presentation

In 2013 Karl opted for a woodland setting, featuring Scots pines and Holm oaks from Normandy.

"A magical forest mixed with an antique theatre, something unreal", he explained about the theme

"I saw it in my dream, put it on the paper, had it sketched then gave it to the man who built my set, and I think he worked it out beautifully."

Other labels set to unveil new collections today include Stephane Rolland, Bouchra Jarrar and Giorgio Armani Privé.

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