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Karl built a French garden for Chanel’s Couture show

‘There is time for prettiness when the world is becoming too ugly,’ said the designer of his SS18 Couture collection

With the couture shows underway, next up is Karl Lagerfeld’s new vision for Chanel. Taking over the Grand Palais once again, this season saw it transformed into a giant garden. Here’s everything that went down.  

THE SHOW WAS HELD IN A FRENCH GARDEN

Complete with a wooden pagoda, a fully-functioning fountain and real grass, the setting was Monsieur Karl’s interpretation of a formal French garden. After the rocket launches, giant waterfalls and  Eiffel Tower sculptures of the last few years, the venue was a return to something a little more understated.

THE MODELS WALKED THE RUNWAY WITH THEIR HANDS IN THEIR POCKETS

Kerl’s seemingly more relaxed mood had a knock-on effect on the models, too. Many walked around the garden’s catwalk with their hands in their pockets, and rounded shoulders, demonstrating a level of insouciant Parisian-ness those of us without Gallic blood can only dream of.

MICA ARGANARAZ STOLE THE SHOW

Model Mica Arganaraz stole the show in a sparkly jumpsuit that was beaded to within an inch of its life. Special mention also goes to model of the moment, Kaia Gerber, and her pale pink, ostrich feather-embellished mini dress.

EACH LOOK WAS FINISHED WITH A VEIL

That had tiny flowers delicately embroidered all over them, while the models lips were coated with a slick of pink gloss – an interesting combination, and not one we’d suggest you try out on a windy day. Other finishing touches included fingerless leather gloves (so Karl!), ankle boots and coloured tights.

THE BRIDE WORE TROUSERS

This season’s bride wasn’t in a gown – instead she stepped out in a pair of white high-waisted trousers and a tailored waistcoat, as part of a look that was finished with a feathered bustle and train. Karl’s favourite mini-model (and godson) Hudson Kroenig accompanied her around the catwalk, throwing roses in front of her as she walked.

KARL SHOWED OFF HIS BEARD AGAIN

Karl Lagerfeld’s new accessory made its debut at Dior Homme last week, and it appears it’s here to stay. As he stepped out arm in arm with his Chanel bride, the beard was out in full force.