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Karl Lagerfeld led us on a walk through the forest at Chanel AW18

The collection featured leaf-printed motifs, 90s-style lace slip dresses, and the classic Chanel jacket reimagined as a puffa

Fashion week is almost over! With a line-up including Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton, today marks the last day of the AW18 season. First up though was Chanel, where Karl Lagerfeld added to a long list of fantastical sets by continuing back to the nature theme of the last few seasons. Here’s what went down.

THE SET WAS A FOREST

The catwalk was lined with actual trees, moss, and a blanket of autumnal leaves which crunched underfoot. Benches made of felled trees made up the seating, and, surreally enough, the entire space actually smelled like you were in a wood.

THE COLLECTION WAS V AUTUMNAL

If last season was a plastic fantastic safari, this was a Sunday walk through the countryside on a crisp October day. Models wore leaf-printed coats and mid-length dresses, as well as the brand’s signature boxy jacket and skirt suits. Elsewhere, wide circle skirts with big pockets (for all your trail mix?) and loose trousers were presented in antique gold metallic fabric, as looks were finished off with warm hoods and scarves wrapped around the models’ necks.

CHANEL’S ICONIC JACKET WAS TURNED INTO A PUFFA

The Chanel jacket, with its round collar, button-down front and four patch pockets is one of the most iconic garments of all time. AW18 saw it reimagined as a puffa jacket, rendered in black and white and finished with a sparkly tweed trim and (of course) those distinctive CC logo buttons.

THE SHOW FINISHED WITH EVENING WEAR

Models made their way down the tree-lined catwalk in a series of black dresses finished with leather opera gloves that reached their elbows: Kaia Gerber wore a simple lace slip with fuschia gloves and carried a leaf-printed clutch, as the show was closed by another of Karl’s favourite faces, Luna Bijl, who landed the coveted role of the Chanel bride at January’s couture show.