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Insider Access: Karen Langley – Paris Day Eight

The art of fashion at McQueen and dancing with Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss...

Karen Langley is Dazed & Confused's Fashion Director. Working on editorial, campaigns and catwalks internationally, this season she has notched up catwalk styling credits for Todd Lynn and Mark Fast's shows in London. In Paris Langley worked with Peachoo + Krejberg on their womenswear show.

DD: How was the set at Chanel this season?
Karen Langley: A real spectacle, you know with a Chanel show that it's gonna be an experience. Chanel as a house is very traditional, always the same venue, the Grand Palais and you know you'll see certain staples but at the same time there's always an element of surprise – the set, music, performance. Karl transports you to a world. This season it was one of mineralogy and crystals.

DD: And then you saw Valentino...
Karen Langley: Which was really beautiful. What Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are doing is incredible, developing the collection steadily, more and more for a modern woman, evolving over seasons. This season it felt like another woman could wear the collection but not in a way that cheapens the brand. I'd like to wear and shoot the woven fluro coat and there were some really great leather pieces.

DD: McQueen is a highlight of the entire month schedule. What did Sarah Burton propose?
Karen Langley: It was amazing. You know, we're towards the end of paris fashion week and you're so exhausted – to see a show like that and revitalises you and reminds you exactly why you're doing it, why you love fashion. The collections look epic: these are otherworldly clothes, almost clothes for androids that are too perfect to have been touched by human hand. After all that Sarah Burton comes out at the end with a scissors sticking out of her back pocket. Brilliant.

We went to the re-see today and all those incredible couture gowns were actually made of pleated organza that had been heavily snipped into. They distributed it throughout the office so that everyone there was doing it, even the security guard! It's a very special brand that instills loyalty: some people have been working there since the label was established.

I bumped into Guido's assistant and talked about the amazing wigs that had been impeccably cut, some dyed, in a beautifully nurturing way. Everything about the house of McQueen is an inspiration to us all.

DD: What about Kanye West?
Karen Langley: It was a huge production at the Halle Freyssinet. Kim Kardashian was there and there were go-karts either side of the runway. Hair was by Peter Gray and make-up by Tom Pecheux. We stayed for the party and Azealia Banks, Waka Flocka and Big Sean performed – there was tipping of benches going on so we could dance on them and Jordan Dunn and Karlie Kloss danced all night. We then went to the Gucci party and continued our dance off before getting a cab home. It's good to let your hair down but not too much – Louis Vuitton is first thing Wednesday!