Chanel SS18 By Numbers: For The Sets That Get More Epic Each Season

From waterfalls, to jungles, the Paris Fashion Week show was another of Chanel's famous spectacles.

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If you're yet a stranger to the Chanel show sets, it's seriously a wonder.

Karl Lagerfeld has been treating his fashion week audiences to jaw-droppingly spectacular runway landscapes for season upon season.

Let's not forget the time he ferried all the fashion-famous into Cuba, at the lifting of the American embargo in 2016, or last season when he had a lifesize rocket ship take off inside the Grand Palais.

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For the display of his Spring/Summer 2018 collection, the German designer and Chanel Creative Director, took his audience on holiday to a mystical destination in the tropics.

Held once again in the Grand Palais, front row celebrities and fashion editors alike stared wide eyed at the runway, which snaked around a large cliff, from which waterfalls gushed into pools down below.

For those who like a little detail, here are some facts about this latest display in set design opulence:

1.

The landscape was a massive 85 metres long in total.

2.

There was a total of six waterfalls (ranging between 9 and 15 metres high).

3.

The set and all of its constituent parts took two months to manufacture and engineer.

4.

It took 9 days to set up at the Grand Palais.

5.

The volume of water used throughout was equivalent to that of a 25 metre (competition length) swimming pool.

6.

The waterfalls were self-supplying, the water pumping in a cycle around a closed circuit.

7.

At the end of the show, the water will flow back into the Paris sewer system and recycled into a source of energy, or to water fields in the Paris region.

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