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Chanel Couture Spring 2015

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Chanel Couture Spring 2015 Images & Source Via WWD

Guests at Chanel’s show on Tuesday morning came upon a circular stark-white garden installed beneath the dome of the Grand Palais. Some might have thought back to Chanel’s spring 2009 couture show, for which Lagerfeld decorated with massive white paper flowers. While those were all-out romantic, these were bolder, more fun and slightly weird. As the show started, that weirdness came into full flower; this was no ordinary faux garden, but a mechanical one, its blossoms cranking open to reveal vibrant petals of orange, yellow, pink and red. Then came the gardeners, handsome in straw hats and knickers.

There were jackets cut lean through the bust before releasing into a gentle trapeze over short skirts. That silhouette was but one of several — and one of a thousand ideas. Another proportion was cropped over long, slim, slightly low-slung skirts baring a good stretch of skin. “The stomach is free. It’s the new cleavage,” Lagerfeld proclaimed during a preview.

Then the adornment started, and the material magic: intricate laces, embroidered tweeds, plastered linens, applications of floral wonders from discreet touches — the single blossom fastening the end of the girl’s loose braid to euphoric 3-D floral beds that formed deep borders on coats; a long tunic, fanciful sleeves, and finally, one of the most gorgeously labor-intensive bridal gowns in the history of matrimony. Exit after exit took your breath away.

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